More Monkeypox vaccination appointments on the way for New Yorkers
New appointments to get the Monkeypox vaccine are now available for New Yorkers. The appointments for the vaccine became available at 6 p.m. on Friday.
This Sunday, the city is holding one-day only mass clinics at Buschwick Education and the Bronx High School of Science. Health officials say as of Thursday, 389 people across NYC have tested positive for Monkeypox.
The health department says it’s expected that just over 8,000 first-dose appointments will go live tonight and they'll be scheduled over the next two weeks.
Gov. Kathy Hochul released a statement today that New York will receive over 32,000 more monkeypox vaccines next week.
"New York State and New York City have already received more than 28,000 doses to date, and I'm pleased to share that will now receive another 32,785 vaccine doses next week to continue our efforts in responding to and meeting the needs of our most at-risk populations," said Hochul.
Officials think the real case count is higher because those are just confirmed and probable cases. Also, testing hasn't been widespread.
Doctors say the vaccine and testing are what will keep those case numbers from rising drastically.
To stay on top of the vaccine updates, the city says you can text "Monkeypox" to 692-692 -- or click here.
The appointments will be live on the health department's website tonight.