Maine’s first monkeypox vaccines are a relief and a booster for LGBTQ men

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Tim Grady had been trying to get a monkeypox shot for weeks at his Manhattan home. He couldn’t get it until he came here on vacation.

“It’s really hard to get a date there,” Grady said. “So it’s great to be able to walk into a clinic here in Ogunquit and be able to get [a shot] in half an hour. »

Grady, 35, was one of 250 people — mostly LGBTQ men most affected by the virus — to get vaccinated at an Ogunquit clinic on Friday. The York County beach town is a popular destination for the LGBTQ community, which led to it being chosen for a first walk-in clinic.

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