SF Health Service. Expands MPX Vaccines to Non-City Residents Through Oct. 2 :: Bay Area Reporter

As San Francisco continues its efforts to bring monkeypox under control, the city is getting help from the federal government in the form of 10,000 more Jynneos vaccines, just in time for the start of the fall fair season and fairs. associated events.

The September 25 Folsom Street Fair itself is expected to draw thousands of out-of-town visitors and, in part because of this, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is for the first time expanding eligibility for the vaccine to non-residents of the city, according to a statement. Non-residents of the city who meet other eligibility criteria can get vaccinated from September 18 to October 2, the SFDPH said.

In addition to a 3-6 p.m. pop-up near Eagle Plaza on Norfolk and Harrison streets after the LeatherWalk on Sunday, September 18, there are several other opportunities that day to get a first or second dose of Jynneos. Sunday Streets Western Addition will have a vaccination pop-up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fillmore Street; and the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center will hold a walk-in MPX vaccination clinic at 1001 Potrero Street, Building 30, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or while supplies of vaccines last, according to the SFDPH.

The SFDPH will be offering vaccination pop-ups at the aforementioned Folsom Street Fair and Castro Street Fair on October 2.

On Wednesday, September 21, pop-ups will be at Club Papi at Beaux Nightclub, 2344 Market Street, from 8-11 p.m.

Non-San Franciscans attending the events will be able to get vaccinated provided they meet the same criteria required of residents. They must belong to one of the following categories: gay or bisexual men, or any man or trans person who has sex with men or trans people; sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity; people of any age or sex who have been in close contact in the past 14 days with someone suspected or confirmed of monkeypox; and people who have had close contact with others at a place or event or within a social group in the past 14 days where a suspected or confirmed case of MPX has been identified.

This includes people who have received notice of a location or event of potential exposure in the last 14 days; laboratory workers who regularly test for the MPX virus; and clinicians who have had high-risk occupational exposure (i.e., examined MPX lesions or collected monkeypox specimens without using recommended personal protective equipment), the SFDPH said.

Additionally, the city is working to reach people of color, as blacks and Latinx people have been particularly hard hit by the outbreak, as reported by the Bay Area Reporter.

“The San Francisco Department of Public Health is ensuring a robust public health response to the MPX outbreak that aligns with our health equity goals and supports the communities most impacted by the virus,” reads -on in a statement from the SFDPH announcing the pop-ups. “Vaccines are the best protection against MPX and one of the key strategies to reduce the spread of the virus.”

In addition to the pop-ups detailed above, the SFDPH is working to organize additional vaccination opportunities at other public sites such as bars and other public events, said Dr Susan Philip, Branch Director of prevention and control of SFDPH diseases.

“We’re also looking to make sure we’re reaching the most affected populations,” Philip said.

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