SFGN confirmed Tuesday the Florida Department of Health would stop giving a second dose of the monkeypox vaccine.
“To maximize the supply of smallpox/monkeypox, Jynneos vaccines, the Department of Health is using all available doses as first doses only,” said Nina Levine, the Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health Broward County. “Second doses will be rescheduled as vaccine supply increases.”
Other places have already taken this approach including Washington D.C., New York City, Canada and the U.K.
Some individuals received their second dose of the monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors on Tuesday. That evening though the organization sent out an email canceling the second dose.
“Unfortunately, this means all second doses [...] from August 10 to August 20 are canceled. Like you, we are disappointed. We recognize, though, that dose-sparing is a public health strategy utilized in many locations across the nation,” the Pride Center wrote.
To be fully effective the Jynneos vaccine requires two shots.
According to one limited study the Jynneos vaccine is 83% effective after 28 days in HIV-negative individuals and 67% effective in HIV-positive individuals.
Because of the new dosing strategy the Department of Health would be making more first doses available. Click here for appointments.
As of Aug. 7 there are 938 cases in Florida.
In order to stretch the supply of the monkeypox vaccine the White House issued an emergency use authorization Tuesday, which allows another alternative dosing regimen of the vaccine to give out. This would allow one dose to be split into 5 doses. Currently the vaccine is injected into the fatty tissue under the skin, but with this new approach it would be injected into the top layer of the skin. One major downside to this approach is that it’s essentially a real-time experiment and has never been done before. Another issue is it could leave a scar.
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