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Due to the rising cases of monkeypox in New York City, the Department of Health is launching its first permanent monkeypox vaccine sites in the Bronx and Staten Island.

According to reports, the sites at the Bronx’s Lincoln Hospital and Staten Island’s Gotham Health Vanderbilt started accepting vaccine appointments at 6 p.m. Friday via the department’s online vaccine portal.

“The health department is moving quickly to distribute as many vaccine doses as we can in the most equitable way possible,” Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said.

“With cases rising, it’s clear that there is a great need for more vaccines in New York City, and we are working with our federal partners to obtain more doses,” Vasan added.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson expressed joy at the launch of the new site in her borough and pledged to take steps to do outreach about the matter to the LGBTQ community.

“Having a permanent vaccination site is an important first step, but we know there is more work to be done to ensure these vaccines are distributed equitably and to our most at-risk residents,” Gibson said.

Before launching the new sites, the Health Department was only operating monkeypox vaccine sites in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

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