New York City opens three mass monkeypox vaccination centers, each with a capacity to dispense 1,400 doses per day

New York City unveiled three mass monkeypox vaccination centers on Friday with each having a capacity of 1,400 doses a day — but appointments at each site ran out within an hour, indicating a high demand for the vaccines.

Vaccine centers are located in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens and began rolling out doses on Sunday. They will also serve them over the next two Sundays.

The Big Apple is running the largest vaccination campaign for gay and bisexual men in the country, with Washington, D.C. only aiming to hit the group.

Those who arrived at the Brooklyn center yesterday said they were “lucky,” adding that they knew many other people waiting for doses.

There is growing concern that monkeypox could spread to other groups — including children, the elderly and pregnant women — who are more susceptible to the disease. Sex does not require transmission, and it can be spread through physical contact such as touching others or hugging.

Cases in America are starting to rise, too, reaching 2,891 over the weekend as officials fear the number of cases captures only a tiny fraction of the true number of Americans infected so far.

New York City has opened three mass vaccination centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, each capable of dispensing about 1,400 doses a day. City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan at the Mass Immunization Center in Brooklyn

A spokesman for the New York Department of Health said that each center can give between 75 and 85 doses at one time

A spokesman for the New York Department of Health said that each center can give between 75 and 85 doses at one time

Pictured above are the vaccination tables at the Vaccination Center, erected in the Hall of Ancient Sites

Pictured above are the vaccination tables at the Vaccination Center, erected in the Hall of Ancient Sites

Several publications reported that they ran out of appointments within an hour of going live on Friday.  There are growing calls for New York to secure more doses

Several publications reported that they ran out of appointments within an hour of going live on Friday. There are growing calls for New York to secure more doses

The city’s health department announced Friday that it will open appointments for another 17,000 doses of the vaccine.

Appointments opened at 6 p.m., but an hour and a half later, health officials tweeted that they were all booked. Several newspapers reported that it was full within an hour.

Andrea Didier, who lives in Chelsea, was one of the individuals who had “lucky enough” after getting a dose at the Comprehensive Vaccination Center in Flatbush.

They told CBS New York: ‘There’s going to be one date in the Bronx or something, and then it’s gone. There will be one on Staten Island, it will disappear.

I don’t know how I got that appointment. I just got lucky.

“I didn’t care where it was,” said Vincent Vega, a Harlem resident who also got a potion at the center.

I know this is clearly a serious matter and a lot of people don’t take Covid seriously, especially the people around me.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s not going to be that bad,’ and two years later we wish we’d be more careful.

A Department of Health spokesperson told DailyMail.com that mass vaccination sites are able to deliver between 75 and 85 doses at a time.

It is an echo of the Covid vaccination campaign, when community centers were delivering thousands of doses a day in an effort to protect everyone from the virus.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan announced the openings of the centers on Friday: “The Department of Health is moving swiftly to distribute as many doses of the vaccine as possible in the most equitable manner.

“With cases rising, there is clearly an urgent need for more vaccines in New York City, and we are working with our federal partners to get more doses.”

Pictured above are men queuing for a dose of monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn yesterday

Pictured above are men queuing for a dose of monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn yesterday

Men wait in line to receive a dose of the monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn

Men wait in line to receive a dose of the monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn

New York received another 26,000 doses last week, with another 9,000 doses stopped to be given to people in close contact with known cases.

Its application has been repeatedly criticized for failing to deliver adequate doses, and problems with the vaccination reservation system.

Last month, the Department of Health asked residents not to attempt to reserve doses until the late afternoon when appointments become available.

But a “technical glitch” saw some residents give early access to the time slots, meaning they were almost completely booked before going online.

Concerns were also raised about the city’s decision to postpone the second doses, in order to provide the initial vaccinations.

Food and Drug Administration officials cautioned against the move, saying it has not yet been properly tested.

It comes amid growing concerns that the virus will spread to other, more vulnerable groups.

On Friday, it was revealed that two children had monkeypox.

Although health officials have said both are ‘fine’, medics say children under eight are generally more likely to contract the virus.

US records first two cases of monkeypox for children: A California baby and a Washington baby likely had “household contacts” and both had contact with gay or bisexual men, CDC chief says

By: Luke Andrews Health Reporter for DailyMail.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed, on Friday, that two children were infected with monkeypox in the United States.

One of them is a young boy from California. The other is in an infant who is not a resident of the United States and was “passing through” Washington, D.C. The two had no contact with each other.

Health officials said both children were “okay,” but cautioned that children under the age of eight are at high risk of developing acute monkeypox.

Both children are believed to have contracted the virus from “household contacts”.

Both children have been in contact with gay or bisexual men – the community in which most cases are detected in the current outbreak, Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky said.

It was not clear when they contracted the virus or what symptoms they experienced.

They receive the antiviral TPOXX, which can help stop the infection in its tracks by interfering with the maturation of the virus.

They are the first cases among children to be discovered in America. There are currently more than 2,500 cases of monkeypox in the United States – the second largest in the world after only Spain with 3,000 cases.

Timeline of monkeypox in the United States

1958Monkeypox: Monkeypox was discovered when a smallpox-like disease spread in monkeys kept for research.

1970: The first human case of the disease was recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was later discovered in a number of other Central and West African countries.

2003Previous largest outbreak of monkeypox occurred in America. A total of 47 people became infected after coming into contact with pet prairie dogs that caught the disease on a farm.

July 2021: A case of monkeypox was discovered in the United States in a citizen who had recently returned from Nigeria.

November 2021: Monkeypox was discovered in another US resident who had recently returned from Nigeria.

May 2022: A man in Massachusetts has been diagnosed with monkeypox, becoming the first case in the current outbreak. There are now more than 2,000 cases nationwide.

A child under the age of 10 tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands in June, as it was revealed this week. The Dutch boy had more than 20 red lesions on his face, forearms and thighs, but he had no fever or swollen lymph nodes – with the infection mostly clearing within a week.

Walinsky revealed the infections in a hypothetical event to the Washington Post: “We have now seen two cases that have occurred in children.

“They both go back to the individuals that come from the MSM, gay men community.”

She added that these cases were generally “adjacent to the community most at risk.”

“The CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how children became infected,” the agency said in a press release.

While both children have monkeypox symptoms, they are otherwise healthy.

They added: “Monkeypox spreads through skin-to-skin contact, which – in the case of children – can include cuddling, cuddling, and feeding, as well as through shared items such as towels, bedding, cups and utensils.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that it was only aware of monkeypox infection among adults, mostly gay and bisexual men.

Until now, monkeypox infection was almost exclusively among homosexual and bisexual men.

But a senior expert warned last week that the virus had already spread to other groups, but this had not yet been discovered due to a lack of testing.

The World Health Organization warns that children – as well as the elderly and pregnant women – are more likely to get monkeypox.

Scientific studies show that between three and ten percent of children with monkeypox die from the disease, depending on the breed they contract it.

In the Dutch case, doctors said they counted 20 wounds on the face, ear, forearms, thighs and back of the child – but he had no fever or swollen lymph nodes.

Within a week, they added, the virus in his body had fallen to undetectable levels.

It was not clear how he became infected, although doctors said it was likely he had been in contact with an infected person or something contaminated that “has not been identified”.

Monkeypox is spread primarily through close physical contact or the towels or bed sheets that the patient has also used. In rare cases, it can also be transmitted through the air.

The CDC has been repeatedly criticized for its response to the virus, with testing initially slow to get off the ground to mask the spread of the virus.

There have also been problems with the vaccine rollout, with New York City – at the epicenter of the crisis – having to delay second doses for patients because too few vaccines are available.

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