Drive-Thru Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic Opens in Fresno, California

Starting Wednesday, eligible Fresno residents can get their monkeypox shot the same way many got their COVID-19 shots.

The Fresno County Public Health Department is partnering with UCSF-Fresno for a drive-through vaccination clinic across from the Fashion Fair Mall.

The drive-thru clinic, located at 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We’re so excited about this because our community has responded to this site and UCSF is such a reliable partner that we think we’re going to be able to do a lot of vaccines,” said Fresno deputy director Joe Prado. Departmental Public Health Service.

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an amendment to a preexisting contract with UCSF-Fresno that makes the vaccination clinic possible.

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Signs point the way to the COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination station at the COVID-19 Equity Project Medical Clinic at UCSF Fresno in Fresno on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Drive-thru vaccinations will also be available for monkeypox. CRAIG KOHLRUSS [email protected]

The Centers for Disease Control recently adjusted vaccine administration guidelines, so the county can now vaccinate more people, Prado said.

Fresno EOC has previously administered monkeypox vaccines and will continue, Prado said.

“It’s something we learned during COVID,” Prado said. “It is never that one solution is good for all. You need to provide multiple access points, and that’s what we can do with the UCSF and Fresno EOC partnerships.

As of last week, the Fresno County Health Department had confirmed 13 cases in the county.

Prior to administering the vaccine, healthcare providers will go through a brief screening process to determine the appropriate type of stipend for each patient. The amount of vaccine administered from each vial depends on the specific health needs of the patient.

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Vaccine Support Specialist Joselyn Ascencio administers a monkeypox vaccine to nurse practitioner Dr. Johnny Jimenez during a press demonstration at UCSF Fresno’s COVID-19 Equity Project Medical Clinic in Fresno on Tuesday, 23 August 2022. CRAIG KOHLRUSS [email protected]

Vaccines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

County health officials will continue to monitor the spread of monkeypox in Fresno County to determine if mobile clinics are needed in small rural communities or for the homeless population.

“Please go out and get vaccinated,” Prado said.

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

The virus is transmissible from the time symptoms are present until all MPX lesions have fully healed and a new layer of skin has formed over the lesion sites, according to the California Department of Public Health. .

Monkeypox can be spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with lesions or scabs, or with bodily fluids such as drainage from skin lesions or saliva that has come into contact with oral lesions. It can also be spread by touching objects that have already touched lesions or bodily fluids of infected people.

Fresno County residents eligible for the vaccine include:

  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox
  • Laboratory workers, certain clinicians, and members of the public health response team who routinely handle monkeypox virus specimens for diagnostic or testing purposes or who have a high-risk occupational exposure.

  • Anyone who has attended an event or place in the past 14 days where a known exposure to monkeypox has occurred.

  • Sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Gay, bisexual and other men or trans people who have sex with men and meet at least one of the following criteria: HIV diagnosis within the past 12 months; are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); Have been diagnosed with gonorrhea, chlamydia and/or syphilis within the past 12 months; Having had sex with multiple partners in the past 14 days.

This story was originally published August 24, 2022 6:30 a.m.

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Brianna Vaccari covers Fresno City Hall for The Bee, where she strives to hold officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister newspaper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.

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