SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — This weekend, the search for a monkeypox vaccine just got easier for those who need it. Access has expanded, with two clinics offering the Monkeypox vaccine in San Francisco.
Dan Kalshan just got his Monkeypox vaccine at Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, he searched and waited.
“I know others who have tried going out of town to get to Marin, even in Canada, trying to get vaccinated, so I feel very, very lucky,” Kalshan said.
“We realized that some patients might not be able to take time off work during the week or come in during weekday hours,” said Dr. Lukejohn Day, chief medical officer at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
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We didn’t see long queues on Saturday compared to previous clinics where people waited for hours. Hospital officials say they have simplified the process of registering patients eligible to receive the vaccine.
San Francisco received about 10,000 doses of the Monkeypox vaccine earlier this week from the federal government, which made this weekend’s clinic possible.
“We did an average of 600 to 1,000 shots a day. We didn’t turn anyone away,” Day said.
Kaiser Permanente has opened its first walk-in monkeypox vaccination clinic on Geary Boulevard. Kaiser members and non-members were welcome.
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“We really want people to come and get vaccinated if they’re eligible, so we can do our part to end this disease,” Kaiser Permanente’s Scott Keech said.
San Francisco remains the Bay Area‘s hotspot with more than 500 confirmed Monkeypox cases. Santa Clara and Alameda counties have more than 50 each.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of people being assessed and treated. Hospitalizations related to monkeypox have also increased over the past two days. This speaks to the need for the community to be vaccinated, especially those at risk or exposed to monkey pox”, says the day.
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