Although health Department Has already received at least 2,807 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine, licensed for use against monkey poxIn Puerto Rico only 138 people have given their first dose, At a time when the agency reported five new cases, bringing the number of infections to 50.
At the moment, health policy covers vaccination of people with the virus with whom they have had close contact, and health professionals who treat potential cases of so-called ‘monkeypox’.
Currently, according to the health portal: There are approximately 14 centers where JYNNEOS vaccine is being administered: Ararat Center (San Juan and Ponce), PRConcra (San Juan), CLETS (San Juan) Comprehensive Health Center (Toa Alta), Centro Primary Services (Patilas), Family Clinic (Luquillo), CPTET (Caguas, Baymón and Arecibo), NeoMed (Juncos), Overseas Health (Mayagüez), Doctors Associados del Noroste (MOCA) and Atlantic Medical Center (Barceloneta).
The health secretary, Carlos Malado, told the press yesterday, Friday, that the unit he directs intended to launch an “aggressive campaign” of vaccination against monkeypox, the main symptoms of which are fever, muscle aches and skin rashes. There are rashes or sores.
According to Melado, the pace of the process “will advance to the extent that we will vaccinate, to the extent that they will give us more vaccines, as was the case with COVID in the beginning. Right now the Department of Health has a good surveillance system in addition to COVID and all patients (for monkeypox) are vaccinated and we are following them.
The JYNNEOS vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after the first. As Health explained, the federal government supplies additional doses when the jurisdiction administers 90% of the available vaccines.
Till date no one in the country has been admitted to the hospital due to this virus.It has infected 31,799 people globally and killed 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.