Monkeypox vaccination site coming to WeHo

By next month, West Hollywood residents won’t need to drive to Santa Clarita in order to get the monkeypox vaccine from L.A. County — they’ll be able to get them in WeHo.

Councilmember John Erickson shared the news with the audience at Wednseday night’s Monkeypox Town Hall co-hosted by the city and the L.A. Blade. Further details are forthcoming.

The town hall brought together medical experts and LGBTQ advocates to field questions from the public on the unfolding pandemic.

WHAT WE LEARNED

● There have been 261 cases of monkeypox identified in LA County. All of the cases have been an adult with the median age of 35 years. Additionally, whereas two weeks ago, over half of the cases in La County were associated with domestic and international travel. Now less than 40% of cases are local transmission.

● As of Friday, the highest percentage of cases — 55% or 89 cases — were in the area that includes West Hollywood.

● To date, L.A. County has received just over 24,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine of which 16,000 or two-thirds have been distributed to public and community vaccination partners.

● The L.A. area’s bathhouses are reportedly participating in a vaccination drive this coming weekend, and will offer walk-up service. Few details were revealed and the panelists were vague on this development.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE MONKEYPOX

“First week I developed very intense flu-like symptoms. Sore throat, fever, full-body chills, sweating through my sheets at night. It was a quite miserable experience. And, you know, those symptoms lasted around five to seven days. As those began to abate, more and more lesions began to appear all over my body. The first lesions that appeared were in more sensitive areas, followed by more on my face and then as the infection went on, they appeared all over my body — arms, shoulders. I think there’s one of my scalp. I counted more than 25 total. These were excruciatingly painful —constantly, to the point that I was unable to sleep at night and I had to go back to my doctor and be prescribed narcotic pain pillars in order to be able to even go to sleep.” — Matthew Ford, actor in WeHo

THE APPS ARE DOING THEIR PART

“Apps can definitely play a role. So while people blame them for a lot of STD and HIV prevention for a lot of cases. Sorry, they also play a key role in prevention. In terms of messaging, some of the apps and stepped right away: Grindr sent three messages out nationally, which is a big lift for them. We’ve also had Hornet, Sniffies, Adam 4 Adam…”

ELIBILITY FOR THE VACCINE

So now I’m going to talk about vaccine eligibility. Residents who are eligible for vaccine now, fall into two groups, the first group are residents who are identified through public health investigation and invited to get vaccinated. These residents have been eligible for vaccine since we had administered doses, when we started back in May. They include persons confirmed by public health to have high or intermediate risk, contact with someone with monkeypox, so skin-to-skin, contact or prolonged exposure to someone with monkeypox as defined by CDC. And persons, who attended an event or venue, where there was high risk of exposure to an individual with confirmed Monkeypox through skin to skin contact or sexual contact. Public health works with event and venue organizers to identify persons, who may have been present at that event and at risk for exposure. And then extends invitation to these people. The next group, group B, is where we expanded eligibility last week. Group B applies to gay or bisexual men and transgender persons who meet any of the following criteria. They were diagnosed with gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 12 months. So this criteria had been previously limited to three months diagnosis, and also, the diagnosis for gonorrhea, had been specific for rectal gonorrhea, which we now have expanded to all gonorrhea. The second criteria is an individual who is on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. And the third criteria is attended or worked at a commercial sex venue or other venue where they had anonymous sex or sex with multiple male partners. So for example, saunas, bath houses, sex clubs, etc, within the past 21 days. So if someone falls under group three, there are several ways that they can get vaccinated. There are four pathways for people to access vaccine. And I want to apologize that this is so complicated. We’re hoping with our next allocation, if it’s large enough, we can really simplify this. But at the moment there are four pathways. The first is that people can contact their doctor or health care provider to see if they’re a monkeypox vaccine provider. We now have a list of providers who are actively vaccinating on our website. There are at least 20 community provider vaccinations sites and this list is growing every day. We plan to update this list hopefully tomorrow as new providers have started to vaccinate. The other option is people can visit a public monkeypox vaccine location which are our public health pods. They can bring their ID and provide one of the following. They can provide proof of gonorrhea or early syphilis infection in the last 12 months in the form of a lab report. Or they can provide a monkey pox provider attestation form completed by their doctor so they can ask their doctor to complete and a test that they meet one of the eligibility criteria or at least one. So they can come with that form and come up to the public back to the vaccine clinic and that would be verification. Or finally a text message with your name from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, inviting residents to get vaccinated.”

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Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago

Have y’all tried not having orgies for two weeks? Just to flatten the curve?

I say this because I heard one last night in my building. Show me one case where it wasn’t “intimate contact” that led to catching a case.

Davedi
Davedi
1 month ago

Luckily it’s not a gay disease. Its a disease of the men who have sex with men community. Remember, language over action is how we stay woke.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/07/28/who-monkeypox-advice-men-sex/

WeHo Conscience
WeHo Conscience
1 month ago

Larry and Brandon: lots of revelations in this article for you to dig into.
https://apple.news/A9lybA-xnTL-AG4W01XUSsg

David
David
2 months ago

Why does someone on PrEP qualify but those who already have HIV don’t qualify?

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[…] Officers say that the entire instances to date in Los Angeles County have concerned adults with a median age of about 35 years previous, WeHoville reported. […]

hifi5000
hifi5000
2 months ago

As of the writing of this comment (4:00 PM),the city of San Francisco has declare a state of emergency over monkeypox.This allows officials to mobilize additional resources and to accelerate funding and emergency planning against the virus.

Maybe the city of West Hollywood should do the same thing.This action should get the attention of the county health department and get them off their duffs.

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago
Reply to  hifi5000

It’s not an emergency. Just keep it in your pants for a few days and be more discerning in your partners.

I swear to God if you shut down the state over…this…it will end maybe only better than Game of Thrones.

Missed Opportunity
Missed Opportunity
2 months ago

Here was a perfect opportunity for West Hollywood to be a legitimate first. Erickson & Shyne would have had something credible on their record. BUT when the subject came up at the last CC Meeting, Erickson belittled the concept and made a point of sneering at Santa Clarita. Hey John, just ask many if the Weho staff who actually live there.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago

Erickson and Shyne do not control LA County vaccine access.

Channel your energy into the LA County Department of Public Healthy. They ultimately make decisions regarding this issue.

Missed Opportunity
Missed Opportunity
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Your unfortunate comment may have been better directed at Shyne & Erickson for dismissing it. Their responsibility as elected officials is to have their antennae up.

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago

They’re not here to do anything useful except be apparatchiks who will destroy whatever goodness is left in WeHo. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

West
2 months ago

Last night we also learned that mpx vaccine efficacy data is not 100% and mostly based on animal models. Notable that the actor on the panel recovered without a vaccine. Also notable that one of the sponsors of the Townhall makes a vaccine = $$$.

If vaccine access is an issue for anyone, in the meantime please consider improving your overall health, and look into Purple Pitcher Plant.

Last edited 2 months ago by West
greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  West

You really have gone 100% anti-vaxx now eh?

“in the meantime please consider improving your overall health”

What does this even mean? Everyone person I know that has gotten monkeypox leads an extremely healthy lifestyle (exercises and eats a diet full of lean protein and vegetables)

West
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Improving your overall health means making lifestyle changes to improve your health. But I realize you are trolling. Last night the panelists also spoke to the detrimental impact that stigma has in our public health response.

Maybe it’s time that you start listening to the experts, anon.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  West

How am I trolling exactly?

You have demonstrated time and time again to be anti-vaccine and pro- pseudoscience.

That is a fact.

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Hey if the masks and vaccines work why aren’t they working?

Missed Opportunity
Missed Opportunity
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Even though you think you know everything and everyone ‘that matters” you assuredly do not.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Do you check your friends’ meal plans each morning? I bet they sneak in a Ho-Ho every now and then.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life
2 months ago
Reply to  West

As an advocate of putting one’s health first and TCM, folks here in West Hollywood and beyond appear to make drinking until 4:00 am their first priority. Life is about balance and consciousness.

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago
Reply to  West

Like…just don’t have orgies for two weeks.

Scott
Scott
2 months ago

Its almost like the Biden Administration doesn’t want gay men in its coalition anymore. What a joke. My tax money goes to buy missiles to send to some random village in eastern Ukraine instead of this? No excuse here: according to friends the vaccine has been much easier to get in Canada.

Form A Line
Form A Line
2 months ago

Vaccines should be distributed equitably. If you want it, get in line. One can only hope that individuals with higher risk would get in line first, and without having to reveal their medical history or activities.

Randy
Randy
2 months ago
Reply to  Form A Line

Don’t agree. If we handled COVID vaccinations that way, where would be? That involved the elderly, immuno-compromised people and health care workers. The most vulnerable should always have the highest priority.

Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
Harambe’s Vengeful Ghost
1 month ago
Reply to  Form A Line

First come first serve is not equity. Equity is get your white ass to the back.

Or has the social justice definition been updated?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago

Unbelievable that it took until August for this to materialize.

Waiting this long to open a site in Weho was a failure by LA County Public Health.

Maybe we should have been targeting areas with the most cases instead of inoculating jail inmates first?!

LeShawn Jackson
LeShawn Jackson
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Agreed! It honestly seems like the county is avoiding West Hollywood, the center of LA’s gay community, out of disdain for white gay men. WeHo should have been among the first sites to receive a clinic, and it smacks of 2020s racism that it doesn’t.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago

I disagree with everything you just said. Keep your replacement theory nonsense away from me.

hifi5000
hifi5000
2 months ago

I thank the city for having the town hall presentation at the library.Good information was given yesterday evening. The only thing I noticed was that there were no information given at the town hall on how to handle pets or if they could be considered silent carriers of monkeypox.We all know people love their pets and they are handled all the time by their owners.Could the county health department look into this and provide guidance on pet exposure to monkeypox,what signs to look for if the pet is sick and if there is a vaccine for them? I think this… Read more »

Mani Sharman
2 months ago

That’s great! World is already talking about Monkeypox. And, I am still dealing with the fears of COVID19.

Thanks

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago
Reply to  Mani Sharman

This is nothing. Just wait until the zombie virus surfaces. Pretty soon we’re gonna need a vaccine just to get up in the morning.

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