With national guidance in flux, it appears the Florida Department of Health is trying to keep up, causing some confusion to those seeking a monkeypox vaccination.
SFGN confirmed Tuesday FDOH would stop giving a second dose of the monkeypox vaccine. On Thursday they reversed that decision. This latest decision comes after the White House issued an Emergency Use Authorization, which allows for an alternative dosing regimen for the monkeypox vaccine. 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 with this vaccine. Another potential issue is it could leave a scar. But this also means a lot less of the vaccine needs to be administered allowing one dose to be split into five, allowing the current stockpile of vaccines to have a much greater impact.
“With the issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization for intradermal injection of smallpox/monkeypox-JYNNEOS vaccine, the Department is moving forward with second doses,” said Nina Levine, the Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health Broward County. “All appointments that were canceled have been rescheduled. DOH-Broward will continue to provide monkeypox vaccination for individuals who are likely to have recently been exposed to monkeypox, through our vaccination sites, sites operated with community partners and healthcare provider partners.”
As of Aug. 12, there are 1,053 cases in Florida.
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. With two shots it’s 98 and 96% effective.
Before the new Emergency Use Authorization was announced other locations had stopped giving out second doses including Washington D.C., New York City, Canada and the U.K., in order to spread out their vaccines to more people.
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