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New York expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility

Sep 14, 2022 1:03 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that New York is expanding eligiblity for the monkeypox vaccine. Before, just people exposed to the virus could get the vaccine, now it is being made available to people who at risk of becoming infected. "By expanding eligibility, we are hopeful that many more New Yorkers will get immunized and prevent further transmission,” state Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “This distribution plan, and the eligibility expansion, will enable us to get the vaccine to more individuals across the state before they are exposed.” Now eligibility includes people who have had a recent or suspected exposure to a case, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, and anyone who may be at risk of future exposure to someone with monkeypox. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.