FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Alison Hawkes, Director of Communications, DPH.Press@sfdph.org
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San Francisco – San Francisco is running extremely low on doses of the monkeypox vaccine (Jynneos) with some sites administering vaccines running out today and others by the end of the week. SFDPH has urgently requested additional allocations of Jynneos from federal supplies and is waiting to hear how much the next allocation will be and when it will arrive in San Francisco.
SFDPH’s strategy has been to get vaccines out as fast as possible. SFDPH received 2,308 doses last week from federal supplies and quickly distributed those vaccines to more than 10 locations. These included SFDPH-sites, community clinics such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Strut clinic, and to the Kaiser Permanente health system.
SFDPH’s Zuckerberg San Francisco General monkeypox clinic has 50 remaining doses that it will administer on Wednesday first come, first served, and then shutter for the rest of the week or until new vaccine supplies arrive. It is likely people will be turned away. Other SFDPH sites, such as SF City Clinic and the Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic, are working through remaining appointments and are also expected to run out of vaccines this week.
SFDPH sites have administered 1,702 doses to San Franciscans (that number does not include doses given by community and health partners). As of today, SFDPH is reporting 68 cases of monkeypox in San Francisco residents (probable and confirmed).
SFDPH acknowledges that there are many gay and bisexual men, transgender people and others in the LGBTQ+ community who need protection from monkeypox, and that vaccine supplies are inadequate. This week SFDPH requested 35,000 doses from federal supplies as a starting point to getting on the path toward our goal of vaccinating every person who could benefit from a vaccine.
SFDPH will continue to keep the public updated on vaccine supplies, and other resources such as testing and treatment, that are essential to curbing the spread of this disease and protecting people.
For more information on monkeypox in SF, including case counts, vaccine locations and health guidance got to: sf.gov/monkeypox
More information about monkeypox can be found here:
- San Francisco guidance, updates and outreach materials: sf.gov/monkeypox
- Q&A from CDPH: cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox-Questions-and-Answers.aspx
- Information on monkeypox from the CDC: cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html
- Social gatherings and safer sex from the CDC:cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/specific-settings/social-gatherings.html
Department of Public Health Communications
City and County of San Francisco