New York City monkeypox vaccine website crashes due to huge demand

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New York City monkeypox vaccine website crashes due to huge demand

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New York City made another batch of monkeypox vaccines available Tuesday, but the appointment website crashed in minutes due to sky-high demand, health officials said.

About 267 New Yorkers have already tested positive for monkeypox, a smallpox-like virus with milder symptoms.

Since June 23, nearly 7,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been made available in New York City. Another 14,500 vaccines are expected to arrive later this week.

Workers sit outside DC Health's first monkeypox vaccination clinic administering the first Jynneos vaccine doses to be distributed in the US capital June 28, 2022 in Washington, United States.

Workers sit outside DC Health’s first monkeypox vaccination clinic administering the first Jynneos vaccine doses to be distributed in the US capital June 28, 2022 in Washington, United States.
(REUTERS/Gavino Garay)

“We will notify New Yorkers when additional appointments can be made,” the New York City Health Department tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“We apologize for the frustration caused and are working to build a robust appointment infrastructure as we roll out more appointments in the coming weeks as vaccine supply increases.”

On Tuesday, Washington DC Health announced that residents can pre-register online for a monkeypox vaccine.

According to the agency, people who have pre-registered will receive an email invitation to make an appointment as soon as they become available. On Thursday, July 14, 3,000 appointments will be available to eligible district residents.

In addition to being over the age of 18 and a resident of Washington DC, eligible vaccine candidates must also meet one of the following descriptions:

  • Gay, bisexual and other men aged 18 and over who have sex with men and have had multiple sex partners or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days
  • Transgender women or non-binary people assigned a male at birth who have sex with men
  • sex workers
  • Personnel in establishments where sexual activity takes place, including bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs

Vaccination appointments are free and subject to availability. Residents who do not meet the requirements are asked to pre-register. If the right to participate is extended, people who have already registered will first be informed about free dates.

The virus was first detected in Chicago over a month ago. Since then, 105 Chicagoans have been diagnosed with the virus, health officials said.

The cases mostly involved men who had sex with men, officials said. The city has started offering targeted vaccinations.

The city has already received 5,409 doses of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal government, said Massimo Pacilli, assistant disease control officer for the Chicago Public Health Department. Distribution is aimed at people who may be at higher risk because of their sexual activity.

According to CDC data, 929 cases of monkeypox have been detected in dozens of states nationwide.

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The White House said 1.6 million doses of the Jynneos vaccine will be available by the end of this year.

This handout graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows symptoms on a patient's hand from one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus.

This handout graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows symptoms on a patient’s hand from one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus.
(CDC/Getty Images)

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More than 10,000 cases have been detected worldwide since May, prompting the World Health Organization to convene a committee again as soon as next week to decide whether the outbreak should be classified as a global health emergency.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, and fatigue, followed by a rash that develops into lesions.

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