Senators Padilla, Feinstein Call on California to Get More Monkeypox Vaccines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A request for more monkeypox vaccines was filed Friday by California Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein.

The request was sent to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and it asked for at least 600,000 additional doses. The request comes just after federal officials announced that nearly 800,000 doses would be made available to states.

According to the joint statement, California’s monkey pox positivity rate is the second highest in the country.

“The senators are urging California to receive a commensurate amount of doses commensurate with the severity of the outbreak in the state,” the statement said.

Padilla and Feinstein cited the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for needing the vaccines, saying “limited testing and availability of vaccines at the beginning of a public health crisis is a recipe for disaster.”

They also cite California as the first major city, San Francisco, to declare a state of emergency over monkey pox. San Francisco reported its first case of monkeypox on June 3, and by July 28, 281 cases had been reported.

In Sacramento County, 43 cases had been reported as of Friday. The first case of monkeypox in the province of Sacramento was reported on May 24 and was related to someone returning to the United States from Europe.

For those who want a vaccine, Sacramento County offers it to people in the county who meet certain criteria: men who have sex with men and/or transgender people who meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Tested positive for an STD in the past two months
  • Had two or more sexual partners in the past three weeks
  • Lived or worked at a commercial sex venue in the past three weeks
  • Had anonymous sex in the past three weeks
  • Involved in sex work in the past three weeks

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