Austin Public Health requested 5,000 of the doses.
TEXAS, United States — Texas received 14,780 doses of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine on Monday. Of these, Austin Public Health said it had requested 5,000.
The Federal Strategic National Stockpile shipment is expected to be the last such shipment before August or September due to vaccine scarcity.
About 5,100 doses immediately went to Dallas County Health and Human Services, as the area has the highest number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the state. The Texas Department of State Health Services will distribute the remaining vaccine doses “to local health departments and regional DSHS offices to vaccinate individuals with documented or suspected exposure to monkeypox virus,” a department statement said. .
A separate shipment of approximately 5,000 doses from the National Strategic Stockpile went to Houston County and Harris County.
The monkeypox virus is now prevalent in the Austin-Travis County community. The disease can be characterized by a rash resembling blisters or pimples, along with headaches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.
The virus spreads through close contact with bodily fluids, scabs and rashes, and infected objects.
APH reports 9 confirmed cases and 20 suspected cases of monkeypox in Travis County
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