State working to distribute monkeypox vaccine

This week, the state ordered more than 5,000 additional doses. He has already received more than 9,600 doses from the federal government.

DENVER — Alex Buck began researching a monkeypox vaccine a few weeks ago.

“I tried to get one for a while,” he said.

“I remember at the beginning of July, there was [very few] in Colorado and a friend mentioned they had one, I looked and it was still too late.

He kept looking and finally got a date this week.

“I Googled every few days, like, do we have more? Can I have more? And I just came across the Jefferson County Public Health website and they had a number for phone you can call to say “Call us for vax monkeypox appointments. I called, they asked a few questions and got me in today. So it worked out great.”

Buck said the vaccine was pretty easy, especially compared to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“No symptoms at the moment, looking forward to it,” he said.

“It was a little needle, in the armpit, it was actually very quick and painless, which I was very grateful for.”

Monkeypox can affect anyone.

During this current outbreak, most cases have occurred in men who have sex with men. This population, or anyone who is in close contact with a positive case, is the only one eligible for the very limited vaccine supply.

Alex shared a photo of himself after his shot on social media, hoping to encourage others in his LGBTQ community to consider getting the shot as well.

“I felt like I needed to get it because I’m in the pool that’s eligible, and I want to make sure I can live my life without a.) being worried about it and b.) knowing that I’m safe from that, and every partner I have is safe,” he said.

“I felt the responsibility for it, that I was responsible for my health and for others.”

On Thursday, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency in the United States. Cases have topped 6,600 nationwide. Colorado is reporting a total of 79 cases.

In an email Thursday, state leaders said Colorado has already received 9,665 doses from the federal government. These doses represent vaccines already administered, scheduled to be administered, or in the process of being redistributed to other suppliers.

The state placed its final order with the federal government for an additional 5,080 doses on August 1.

After 2 years of COVID, many are confused – and frustrated – by a federal response they deem too slow against monkeypox.

“For me and many of my friends, we are tiredness,Buck said with a short laugh. “It’s hard having to deal with COVID, it’s around, it’s gotten nowhere. There are so many layers. With COVID, I was really excited about the vaccine…I’m glad to get the monkeypox vaccine but I’m a lot more like, sigh. More drama.

For others who might be eligible for the vaccine and are considering it, Buck offers this:

“Keep an eye out for the right information. You have to do some of your own research, at least the ones I found. But it’s worth it, it was really easy. Anything we can do to keep people safe and stay healthy is worth it in my opinion. »

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