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SF monkeypox vaccine clinic closes again because of shortage of shots

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The monkeypox vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital will be closed Tuesday due to a shortage of shots, officials said on Monday. A nurse prepares the Monkeypox vaccine in this file photo. 

The monkeypox vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA General Hospital will undoubtedly be closed Tuesday because of shortage of shots, officials said on Monday. A nurse prepares the Monkeypox vaccine in this file photo.

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The monkeypox vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA General Hospital will undoubtedly be closed Tuesday because of shortage of shots, officials said on Monday.

The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Department of Public Health said on Twitter that it is not told by the government just how many shots it’ll receive in its next allotment or when those vaccines will arrive. The department requested 35,000 doses and contains only received 7,800.

The other day, people in line to obtain shots at the SF General clinicwere being turned away as there’s insufficient supply to meet up demand.

This news comes because the department announced a complete of 197 cases on Friday, up from 141 cases a couple of days before.

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Sen Scott Wiener, who has repeatedly advocated for SF receiving more shots, commented on the clinic’s closure on Twitter.

“That is beyond unsustainable,” Wiener said. “It cant continue in this manner.”

The other day, Mayor London Breed shared a letter on Twitter she wrote to federal health officials demanding more vaccines. Breed said this “is just a critical point in the spread of the virus, and we have to take more urgent action.”

While anyone will get monkeypox through close physical connection with an infected person, the existing outbreak in THE UNITED STATES and Europe is disproportionately affecting men who’ve sex with other men. No deaths have already been reported in the U.S. outbreak up to now, even though rash due to the virus could be painful and may last for just two to a month.

Wiener, alongside 10 other lawmakers, advocated for the gay community in a letter on Wednesday addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Gay and bisexual men, transgender people among others at an increased risk desperately want the vaccine to be able to protect themselves and the ones around them, Wiener wrote. Yet rather than quickly mobilizing right into a mass vaccination campaign with this particular existing effective and safe vaccine, quite a few counties lack the supply to vaccinate everyone seeking the vaccine. In SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, for example, folks have been waiting in lines so long as 9 hours in the hope to getting a scarce vaccine.

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