Demand for monkeypox vaccine high, Columbus hosts first clinic

Rob Leis received a monkeypox vaccine during a clinic at Columbus Public Health on Thursday.

Appointments for the first monkeypox vaccination clinic in Columbus filled up in 90 minutes this week.

The clinic, housed at Columbus Public Health from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, administered 400 doses of the requested vaccine to men who met certain criteria, including having sexual contact with other men, according to spokeswoman Kelli Newman.

Monkeypox in Ohio:Here’s what you need to know about the virus

The disease, caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, is spread through close contact, such as hugs or kisses or during sex, but can also be spread through contact with sheets, towels and clothes. other objects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the overall risk of monkeypox in the United States is considered low, but some in the local LGBTQ community are nervous because the current outbreak has been concentrated among men who have sex with men. of men, according to Franklin County Public Health.

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