On Wednesday, the city Department of Health said it has received 6,000 doses of the Monkeypox vaccines from the feds and is now allocating thousands of new monkeypox vaccination slots.
As soon as the slots went live online, New Yorkers jumped on the opportunity, leading to a glitch in the website within minutes. The situation repeated itself Wednesday evening when the agency formally released a limited number of new slots, all of which were quickly snagged.
“Due to an unfortunate glitch, monkeypox vaccine appointments were made available prematurely. Rest assured, more appointments will be available this afternoon, and we will update here and on our website when they are available,” DOHMH tweeted. “We will be honoring all appointments that were made earlier today.”
A wave of recent cases has hit the Big Apple amid recent LGBT Pride celebrations, which concluded at the end of June. As of Tuesday, 111 New Yorkers have tested positive for the virus, a dramatic jump from the 62 cases reported the previous week and the 25 identified the week before, city statistics show.
“Anyone can get and spread monkeypox,” the Health Department said in its most recent public guidance. It added: “The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure.”
Monkeypox is an illness that spreads through skin-to-skin contact, and can cause fever, flu-like symptoms and is often marked by painful lesions or rashes.