City to Open Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic in the Bronx, More Vaccine Appointments Available
Photo of the Department of Health in the Bronx (1826 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457), where the new vaccination site will be | Google Maps
Earlier this week, 16,000 appointment slots for first and second dose monkeypox vaccines became available to the public.
The city is going to open a new vaccination site in the Bronx at 1826 Arthur Avenue but for first doses only. The new site will have 100 doses available per day and will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to a NYC Department of Health and Hygiene public statement.
“As previous supply constraints loosen, vaccination can be even more convenient and accessible,” said Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the health commissioner, in a public statement. “We look forward to serving more New Yorkers and we want to get the message out that now is the time to get vaccinated if you’re eligible. We have appointments available and are ready to welcome clients.”
To date, more than 88,000 New Yorkers have received a monkeypox vaccine. Currently, the appointments for first doses are available on a walk-in basis but the second dose requires an appointment and available for those who received the first dose before July 23.
“Inequities, however, persist, which New York City is working to address with community partners,” the public statement said. “The Health Department has made direct referrals available to community-based organizations and has attended events for outreach and in-person assistance booking appointments”
New monkeypox cases have been declining in the city since August and the rise in vaccinations, according to city data.
Previously, eligibility to receive the vaccine only included people older than 18-years-old and identify as men who have sex with men or transgender, gender non-conforming or non-binary. The city has since expanded that to include people of any sexual orientation or gender identity who are sex workers or people who engage in survival sex.
To see a complete list of places to get vaccinated in New York City, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.