San Diego County announced Monday that it will hold two monkeypox vaccination events this week while also having 250 scheduled vaccination appointments at clinics across the county.
Additionally, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, more than 1,000 appointments were advertised via the county’s texting service on Monday morning – and were filled an hour later.
Appointments were made through the state’s MyTurn vaccination site at myturn.ca.gov.
“As the vaccine becomes available, the county will continue its efforts to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible given the supply shortage,” said county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “We will continue to request additional doses from the state. We continue to advise those at high risk to be careful with their partners and those who show signs of monkeypox to seek immediate medical attention.
Both South County events are held Wednesday and Thursday between 1-6:30 p.m. each day at Chula Vista Bayfront Park, 980 Marina Way, adjacent to and just north of the boat launch. Approximately 400 doses will be provided each day.
Vaccinations will be given by intradermal – or “into the skin” – injection, allowing up to five doses from a single vial, which initially amounted to a single dose. Some people, including those under 18 or immunocompromised, will still need a full dose.
The California Department of Public Health recommends intradermal injection except for people with a history of developing keloid scars and people under the age of 18, both of whom would require a subcutaneous injection. Immunocompromised people can receive an intradermal injection.
Appointments are expected to be released next week for a vaccination event in North County.
California assigns vaccines to counties based on the number of monkeypox cases in the county over the past two weeks, as well as the number of early male syphilis cases reported in an area.
San Diego County has recorded 249 cases of monkeypox, ages 20 to 64. Five people have been hospitalized with the illness.
An SMS alert system is available for those seeking the latest information on monkeypox in the area. To sign up to receive messages, text COSD MONKEYPOX to 468-311.
For more information about monkeypox, how to prevent it, and who should get vaccinated, visit the county’s website, www.sandiegocounty.gov, or call 2-1-1.
City News Service contributed to this article.