City announces monkeypox vaccine clinics this weekend

Vaccine distribution in L.A.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Gabriela Solis prepares a dose of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at an L.A. County vaccination site in East Los Angeles on August 10, 2022 in Los Angeles. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The city of Chicago is offering monkeypox vaccinations this weekend, by appointment.

The Chicago Department of Public Health says more than 2,000 doses are available.

Two City College locations will have vaccination clinics on Saturday. They are Kennedy-King College and Malcolm X College.

And on Sunday, Rush and UIC will host a clinic at the UIC School of Nursing.

The FDA is now allowing the monkeypox vaccine to be given in smaller doses, meaning more people can be vaccinated.

Currently, close contacts of someone diagnosed with monkeypox are prioritized for vaccination.

The city says there have been 584 monkeypox cases in Chicago, with 30 hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Illinois has had 717 cases. Nationwide there have been nearly 9,500 cases.

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