Health Agencies Work to Close Racial Gaps in Monkeypox Vaccine Coverage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday launched a pilot program to reserve up to 50,000 doses of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine for groups disproportionately affected by the outbreak who have faced barriers accessing vaccines.

The big picture: White males received more than twice as many doses as Hispanic or black males who account for the majority of confirmed cases of monkeypox.

How it works: State, local and tribal health departments will request doses to be administered during pop-ups or other events in non-clinical settings, in coordination with community organizations.

  • The CDC has set aside 10,000 doses of JYNNEOS, which are typically given using a vaccination method that uses only one-fifth of a dose.

Background: Concerns about fairness have intensified amid signs that the epidemic could plateau. Federal data suggests that 47% of the 540,000 doses of JYNNEOS administered nationwide went to white people.

  • But whites accounted for just 25% of confirmed cases last week.

What they say : “We are now entering the most difficult phase of the vaccination campaign, as we work to get the first doses in the arms and use hyper-local strategies,” Demetre Daskalakis, deputy response coordinator at the Ministry, told reporters. White House monkeypox.