CDC Says They’ll Give Monkeypox Vaccines To Pride Events, Which Are Over For The Year

Posted August 18, 2022 by with 10 comments

Uhh, thanks? Save for a small handful of them, most major Pride events are over for the year and won’t be back until next summer, so the CDC—which recently dropped all its COVID mitigation efforts, thus letting that virus run (even more) rampant as we head into fall–is, as usual, worthless. Hopefully local health departments can receive as many vaccines as needed to set up clinics at their city’s respective events that aren’t Pride-related (like the upcoming Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco). Via CNBC:

The U.S. will provide 50,000 monkeypox vaccine doses specifically for large events with high attendance by gay and bisexual men in an effort to better reach the community most at risk right now, health officials said Thursday.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said communities hosting Pride and other events can order additional shots to offer vaccinations on-site. The CDC is asking jurisdictions that order more vaccine for these events to provide a plan on how they will educate attendees about the risk factors associated with monkeypox, Walensky said.

“I want to emphasize that while we are offering the vaccine at these events to those at high risk, this is a two-dose vaccine series and receiving the vaccine at these events will not provide protection at the event itself,” Walensky said. It’s particularly important to avoid behavior that increases the risk of infection between the first and second dose of the vaccine, she said.