Although the Biden administration has reenergized their efforts to push the COVID-19 drug on children as well as adults, the public is reminded that it wasn’t that long ago that Joe Biden warned about the surge in monkeypox cases. With cases being reported around the world, including the United States, it appears that some people are going to extraordinary measures to get the monkeypox vaccine. 

In New York City alone, the demand for the monkeypox vaccine has gotten so bad that the first day the shot was made available, appointments were already full for the next week. At the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic, staff has reported people waiting outside for a chance to get a walk-in appointment. With the city only having around 1,000 doses available, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine admitted that it was “far, far too little.”

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In the video above, PIX11 shared the opinions of New York residents trying to get the vaccine. One resident, Hale McSharry claimed, “If I had a nickel for every time I had to go through the stress of finding a vaccine for an illness I was afraid of getting, I’d have two nickels. I’d love to get it over with as soon as possible and hopefully nip it in the bud.”

It wasn’t just McSharry, as resident Richard Chao detailed how he was told to show up at least an hour early in hopes of getting an appointment. Some residents have even traveled to Canada to get the vaccine.  

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Chief Medical Officer at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Peter Meacher, added, “While this is an important step, it’s equally critical to remember that identity is not a risk factor, and we must all be vigilant not to stigmatize communities that may be disproportionately impacted. During Pride month in New York, it is especially important to acknowledge the long history and impact of stigmatization, and not to repeat the mistakes of our past.” 

Despite Meacher’s desire to not “stigmatize [specific] communities,” Red Voice Media has previously reported, “Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that men having sex with other men should be on alert for this disease more so than others.

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“Dr. John Brooks with the CDC said that while anyone can contract the disease through “close personal contact regardless of sexual orientation,” it appears to be affecting gay and bisexual men at a much higher rate. That information is not just for the US, but globally.”

As a reminder, according to the CDC, “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.”

The CDC added a list of symptoms often accompanied with the disease, which included, “Fever, Headache, Muscle aches and backache, Swollen lymph nodes, Chills, Exhaustion, A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.” They added, “The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. This process can take several weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.”

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