Epicenter attended a monkeypox briefing earlier this week, as an extension of our work in vaccine equity. Here’s what we learned:
As of July 25, 1,040 people in New York City have tested positive for monkeypox. The outbreak is continuing to grow — there are likely many more cases that have not been diagnosed — and the risk of exposure through sex and other close physical contact is increasing. “Vaccine eligibility is still restricted to those at highest risk of a recent exposure based on national and local cases. Currently, this is gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men and transgender, gender-nonconfirming, or gender non-binary persons ages 18 and older who have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days.” (Note: We found this language the clearest on who is actually most affected and eligible for vaccine.)
Individuals will be able to book appointments through Aug. 13 through the city’s vaccine portal: vax4nyc.nyc.gov/monkeypox or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). According to the website, all available appointments have been filled at this time, but some may become available again due to cancellations or rescheduling.
Several thousand vaccines are also being allocated to mass vaccination sites across the city, which will be open to the public on July 30 and July 31 at:
- Brooklyn: Science Skills Center High School, 49 Flatbush Ave.
- Queens: IS 125, 46-02 47th Ave., Woodside
- Bronx: Bronx High School of Science, 75 W 205th St.
We know many of you are traveling or willing to travel far distances for vaccines. Outside the city:
For those living in Suffolk County, Northwell Health is also offering appointments for the monkeypox vaccines in Bay Shore.
For those living in New Jersey, please see this document on the three locations offering monkeypox vaccine appointments and monitor this site for updates.
Pages to bookmark in case more appointments become available:
If you need help making an appointment email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 818-2690.
How to act: One of our volunteers recommends checking out the work of Prep4All, an LGBTQ+ centered org fighting for access to health-care and lifesaving medications.
Learn more about monkeypox symptoms here.