NYC Health Department's rollout of monkeypox vaccines tainted by technical issues
Monkeypox vaccines arrived in New York City Wednesday to combat the latest outbreak, but there were some issues in the rollout.
The NYC Department of Health said on Twitter Wednesday morning that appointments would be made available in the afternoon.
However, they later announced that a glitch caused appointments to be released early and made prematurely. They apologized for the technical difficulties on Twitter.
All appointments for this week at Central Harlem Clinic and Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic were booked before 7 p.m. The department says more appointments will be made available early next week.
Resident Joshua Sohn said he spent the day refreshing the link to get an appointment. He was able to book one in the window of time when the Health Department says the site glitched.
While his appointment is confirmed for Thursday and the Health Department says they're honoring appointments that were made by accident, he says most of the people he knows still haven't been able to get one.
Sohn said the lack of communication is creating mistrust about how monkeypox is being handled.
"Where is the support for the gay community, especially when we're just coming out of Pride Month?” Sohn says. “There's a lack of urgency within the gay community, and given the history of how the gay community has been treated in regard to public health, it's particularly troublesome."
The Health Department says the recent outbreak is primarily spreading across gay and bisexual men, and considers them at greater risk of exposure.
The city's Department of Health says in addition to the temporary vaccine sites in Harlem and Chelsea, a third clinic will be opening at the Corona Sexual Health Clinic later this month.
Doctors suggest those who are at high risk of getting the disease to get vaccinated as soon as possible. In the meantime, residents should stay home if they’re feeling symptoms and get tested as soon as possible.