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— On the day that President Biden declared monkeypox a public health emergency in the United States, Wake County Public Health announced a walk-in vaccination to try and keep the virus in check
to 3 p.m. at the Wake County Public Health Center at 10 Sunnybrook Road in RaleighNorth Carolina saw its highest single-day jump in monkeypox cases, with 14 new cases in the past 24 hoursThe CDC recommends vaccination within four days of a monkeypox exposure and says that if a person gets the vaccine four to 14 days after exposure, it may still ease symptomsWake, Durham and Cumberland counties have started distributing the vaccine to eligible groups, which include:
Links to monkeypox vaccine info by county: Wake | Durham | CumberlandWake County, which has 10 confirmed cases, has been experiencing long lines and lots of calls from residents eager to get a vaccineIn addition to this vaccination event, Wake County is hoping to speed up the vaccine requests by adding more nurses and launching an online portal“We’re hearing from residents who are anxious to receive the vaccine, so our team has mobilized quickly to hold this no-cost event to meet the demand,” said Sig Hutchinson, chair of the Wake County Board of CommissionersThis weekend’s pop-up monkeypox vaccination event will only be open to those 18 and older who meet the following eligibility criteria:A brief screening will be conducted prior to administering the monkeypox vaccineWake County Public Health has about 550 doses to distribute at the walk-in clinicThe Division of Public Health said it is experiencing a high volume of calls to its Communicable Disease Line — 919-250-4462 — which is still the best way to schedule a vaccine until the online site launchesWake County currently has 800 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine; however, the county has only scheduled 228 appointments and has given 162 shots
Within the next 48 hours, an online vaccine appointment scheduler will be added to this website for vaccinations outside of Saturday’s event
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