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NYC opens THREE mass monkeypox vaccination centers, each capable of giving out 1,400 doses a day

NYC has opened three mass vaccination centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, each capable of giving out about 1,400 doses a day.  City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan is pictured at the mass vaccination center in Brooklyn

New York City unveiled three mass monkeypox vaccination centers on Friday, each capable of giving out 1,400 doses a day — but appointments at each site ran out within an hour, signaling high demand for the jab.

Vaccination centers are located in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and began administering doses this Sunday. The rest will be installed this weekend.

The Big Apple runs the largest vaccination campaign for gay or bisexual men in the country, with only Washington DC targeting the group to jab.

Those who made it to the Brooklyn center yesterday said they were simply “lucky,” adding that they knew many others who were waiting for benefits.

Concerns are growing that monkeypox could spread to other groups — including children, older adults and pregnant women — who are more vulnerable to the disease. It does not require sexual transmission and can be spread through physical contact, such as touching others or hugging.

Cases in America are also starting to rise, reaching 2,891 over the weekend, as officials worry that case numbers are only a fraction of the actual number of Americans infected so far.

NYC has opened three mass vaccination centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, each capable of giving out about 1,400 doses a day.  City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan is pictured at the mass vaccination center in Brooklyn

NYC has opened three mass vaccination centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, each capable of giving out about 1,400 doses a day. City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan is pictured at the mass vaccination center in Brooklyn

Each center can dispense 75 to 85 doses at a time, a New York Department of Health spokesman said.

Each center can dispense 75 to 85 doses at a time, a New York Department of Health spokesman said.

Pictured above are the vaccination tables in the vaccination centre, set up in the old hall

Pictured above are the vaccination tables in the vaccination centre, set up in the old hall

Several publications reported that the meetings expired within an hour of starting on Friday.  There are growing calls for New York to secure more benefits

Several publications reported that the meetings expired within an hour of starting on Friday. There are growing calls for New York to secure more benefits

This Friday, the city’s Department of Health announced it was opening up dates for an additional 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 they were full within an hour.

Chelsea resident Ondrea Didier was one person who “got lucky” after securing a dose at a mass vaccination center in Flatbush.

They told CBS New York, “There would be one meeting in the Bronx or something, and then it would be gone. There would be one in Staten Island, it would be gone.

“I don’t know how I got to that meeting. I just got lucky.”

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Vincent Vega, a Harlem resident who also secured a dose at the center, said, “I didn’t care where it was going to be.

“I know it’s obviously a serious thing and a lot of people haven’t taken Covid too seriously, especially people around me.

“They think, ‘Oh, it won’t be so bad,’ and two years later we wish we’d been more careful.”

Mass vaccination sites are capable of delivering 75 to 85 doses at a time, a Department of Health spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

They are echoes of the Covid vaccination effort, when mass centers dispensed thousands of doses a day in an attempt to protect everyone from the virus.

Announcing the opening of the centers on Friday, New York City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan said: “The Department of Health is moving quickly to distribute as many vaccine doses as possible in the most equitable manner possible.

“With the increasing number of cases, it is clear that there is a great need for additional vaccines in New York, and we are working with our federal partners to obtain additional doses.”

Pictured above are men lining up to receive a dose of monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn yesterday

Pictured above are men lining up to receive 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 an additional 26,000 doses last week, with another 9,000 held back to offer to people who are close contacts of known cases.

Its introduction has been repeatedly criticized for not offering sufficient benefits and problems with the vaccination reservation system.

Last month, the Department of Health told residents not to try to book benefits until late afternoon, when slots are available.

But a “technical glitch” saw some residents given early access to slots, meaning they were almost fully booked before they came online.

The city’s decision to delay second doses to allow for primary vaccinations also caused concern.

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

It comes at a time of growing concern that the virus will spread to other groups that are more vulnerable.

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

Although health officials said both were “doing well,” doctors say children under the age of eight are generally more at risk from the virus.

US reports first two cases of PEDIATRIC monkeypox: California toddler and DC infant likely infected by ‘household contacts’ and both had contact with gay or bisexual men, CDC chief says

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By Luke Andrews Health Reporter for DailyMail.com

Two children in the United States have tested positive for monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

One is a toddler from California; the other is in a child who is not a US resident and was “passing through” Washington DC Neither had contact with the other.

Health officials said both children were “doing well” but warned that children under the age of eight were at high risk of severe monkeypox.

It is believed that both children likely contracted the virus from “household contacts”.

Dr Rochelle Walensky said both children had contact with gay or bisexual men – the community where most cases are detected in the current epidemic.

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

They are given the antiviral drug TPOXX, which can help stop the infection in its tracks by disrupting the maturation of the virus.

These are the first cases in children detected in America. There are currently more than 2,500 cases of monkeypox in the U.S. — the second largest outbreak in the world behind Spain, which has 3,000.

Timeline of monkeypox in the United States

1958: Monkeypox is discovered when a smallpox-like disease breaks out in monkeys kept for research.

1970: The first case of the disease in humans is recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was later found in a number of other countries in Central and West Africa.

2003: The former largest outbreak of monkeypox in the Americas has occurred. A total of 47 people became infected after contact with pet prairie dogs that became infected on the farm.

July 2021: A case of monkeypox identified in the US in a citizen recently returned from Nigeria.

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

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

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

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Revealing the infections at a virtual event for the Washington Post, Walensky said, “We’ve now seen two cases that have occurred in children.

“Both are traced to individuals who come from the community of men who have sex with men, the gay community.”

She added that these cases are overall “neighbors of the most vulnerable community”.

In a news release, the agency said: “CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how the children became infected.

“Although both children have symptoms of monkeypox, they are in good health.”

They added: “Monkeypox is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, which – in the case of children – can include hugging, petting, feeding, as well as sharing objects such as towels, bedding, cups and utensils.”

Last week, the CDC said it was only aware of monkeypox infection in adults, mostly gay or bisexual men.

Until now, monkeypox infections have been almost exclusively in gay or bisexual men.

However, a top expert warned last week that the virus had probably already spread to other groups, but that this had not yet been detected due to a lack of testing.

The World Health Organization warns that children – as well as the elderly and pregnant women – are more at risk from monkeypox.

Scientific studies suggest that three to ten percent of children infected with monkeypox will die from the disease, depending on the strain they catch.

In the Dutch case, doctors said they counted 20 lesions on the child’s face, ear, forearm, thighs and back – but that he had no fever or swollen lymph nodes.

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

It was not clear how he became infected, although doctors said he likely had contact with an infected person or a contaminated object that “was not recognized”.

Monkey pox is primarily spread through close physical contact or 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 ramp up and masking the spread of the virus.

There have also been problems with the introduction of the vaccine, with New York – at the epicenter of the crisis – having to delay second doses for patients because too few injections were given.

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