The GDPH said there were 93 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia.
ATLANTA — A limited number of monkeypox vaccine doses have arrived in Georiga, according to the state’s public health department on Friday.
There are 93 confirmed cases of the virus in Peach State, all among men living in the Atlanta metro area. The GDPH said most of them identify as men who have sex with men, but anyone can contract the virus.
About 3,000 doses have arrived from JYNNEOS, a two-dose vaccine series that requires 28 days between doses – enough vaccine doses for 1,500 people.
“Federal government monkeypox vaccine allocations will increase as production of the vaccine increases,” the public health department said.
The department prioritizes vaccines in these five metropolitan counties: Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton. People will need to register for an appointment and “meet certain eligibility requirements”.
Online scheduling is not available, and for those who may have been in contact with someone with monkeypox or are at higher risk of exposure, GDPH advised contacting your healthcare provider.
According to the Department of Public Health, vaccination is recommended for those around people with monkeypox, people who may have been exposed, or those at increased risk of exposure to the virus, such as laboratory workers.
The department provides these virus protection tips:
- Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox.
- Do not share utensils or cups with someone who has monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.