Monkeypox Vaccine Booking System Crashes Amid Soaring Demand

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Fear and panic is causing thousands to queue up to get vaccinated, this time against monkeypox….

Déjà vu?

The huge and increasing demand for monkeypox jabs even caused the appointment system to crash in New York City, which is one of many places where supplies have been running out almost as soon as they arrive.

Health officials attempted a drop-in clinic to administer the vaccine, but the queues went out the door and residents waited for hours before being turned away.

The Mail Online reports: Infections now exceed 1,000 from the growing outbreak in the U.S. Most patients experience only fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. 

Vaccine shortages have added to anxiety around the virus. Health officials say anyone can get monkeypox, but most cases in the U.S. have been men who have sex with men.

In San Francisco, where there have only been 68 confirmed cases, residents queued up for blocks to get their jabs.

Only 50 doses out of 2,308 remain and city officials worry that the outbreak could get worse if the federal government doesn’t provide more. Pictured: San Francisco on Tuesday

The Golden Gate City’s health department received 2,308 doses from the federal government last week and only 50 remain at the Zukerberg San Francisco General hospital monkeypox clinic, according to their Twitter post.

They have not set up an appointment website, taking residents on a first come, first serve basis.

They will be forced to turn people away if more doesn’t arrive soon, city officials warned on Tuesday.

So far, health officials have recorded 1,700 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

‘It is extremely infuriating that our federal government has once again failed in their response, especially after a two-year public health crisis,’ Ande Stone, a senior community manager with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Scientists warn that anyone who is in close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox or their clothing or bedsheets is at risk of infection, regardless of their sexual orientation.

‘After COVID, this should have been easy,’ said Daniel Ross, 25, a Harlem man who was one of the many who sought to make an appointment Tuesday. 

‘I kept refreshing and refreshing. … I was frustrated.’

Ross soon gave up on the appointment portal, which went down minutes after it went live.

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