Monkeypox vaccine clinics to open on Fire Island, Suffolk County offering 750 doses

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Monday, July 11, 2022
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Vaccine clinics open for monkeypox in Suffolk County.

FIRE ISLAND, Suffolk County (WABC) -- More monkeypox vaccine clinics will open up in Suffolk County later this week as case numbers rise across the state.

Anyone who is considered high risk can make an appointment to get vaccinated through the county's website.

Suffolk County residents can sign up for the vaccine starting on Monday.

The county health department has 750 doses of the vaccine that it will offer to residents.

Two other vaccine clinics will open later this week on Fire Island one in Cherry Grove and another in the Fire Island Pines.

Nassau County has 450 doses that it will make available Monday.

As of last week, there were a total of 174 monkeypox cases in New York state, most of which are in New York City.

New York City began administering 6,000 monkeypox vaccine doses at pop-up clinics last week.

Appointments were immediately filled as soon as they became available online.

Right now the vaccine is only available to men who have sex with other men since the virus is currently spreading among gay and bisexual social circles.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, muscle aches, and a rash that can spread across the body, according to the CDC.

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