Monkeypox vaccine volunteer groups spring up with resources

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Monkeypox vaccine is hard to find. So in a development reminiscent of the vaccine angel groups for Covid-19, volunteers are collecting information and making appointments for people who want to get vaccinated.

Available appointments can be announced by New York City officials and then fully booked taken in minutes, said one vaccine volunteer, Jane Duncan of New York City, who became a Covid-19 vaccine volunteer and made thousands of appointments — and who is now helping people make monkeypox appointments.

The City of New York opened up 6,000 vaccine appointments on Saturday morning, Aug. 13, and they were gone inside of 18 minutes, Duncan said. But right around that time, she saw about 100 appointments at the Lenox Hill Hospital vaccine location, she said, and some at Mount Sinai’s Union Square location.

She was concerned that people who have access only to the New York vaccine portal would not know of others possibilities. The New York portal is https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/monkeypox.

Duncan is part of a Facebook group called “Monkeypox Info and Appt. Help” where 100-some members have been collecting resources and making appointments in the New York area. She has been collecting information on other sites in New York City and nearby. The list below is based on her reporting.

Monkeypox vaccine appointment links and phone numbers

Tips for the NYC Covid and monkeypox appointment phone line. The online option seems to only give options for a few days. The phone appointment line sometimes books further out. The phone line gives options that aren’t available if the appointment is booked online.  I have booked several appointments on the phone when online it says no appointments are available. They definitely seem to have more availability. The New York vaccine reservation call center number is 877-829-4692. New York City Health + Hospitals, the public hospital group in the city, is directing people to the New York vaccine portal.

Northwell Health monkeypox booking page: https://www.northwell.edu/infectious-disease/conditions/monkeypox. Appointments available at
Lenox Hill Hospital, 1086 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10075
Northwell Health at Rego Park, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 2nd floor, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374
Staten Island University Hospital, 348 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305

Mount Sinai monkeypox vaccination screening and reservation tool:
Mount Sinai sites (Manhattan)
5030 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10034
10 Union Sq E, Ste 2Q, New York, N.Y., 10003
1190 5th Ave., New York, N.Y., 10029

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center says it’s working with NYC Health + Hospitals to offer the vaccine. The center is now accepting vaccine appointment requests at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdk30yILykMirMitAh7ObiIcdk2exTqqLgEknvtlgShl6DODA/viewform
The center says that since vaccine supplies are still limited, submitting a request doesn’t guarantee an appointment. If an appointment becomes available, the center will contact you for further details. If you have any questions about this, please email the center at: monkeypox@lgbtbrooklyn.org.

Westchester County Department of Health appointments in White Plains: Appointments may be booked here. https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=E39DAD6394B303ACE0530A6C7C16C3E1

St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers has limited monkeypox vaccine appointments.
The appointments can be made by phone only. Please call or text Lauren if interested at 914-705-3438, and leave a message with name and phone number. This location can be reached by public transportation. You can take the 1 train to 242nd street, then a free bus (#2 B line bus). Or you can take Metro North to Yonkers and an Uber. Saint John’s Riverside Hospital is delivering vaccines at the Parkcare Pavilion, Hope Center, 2 Park Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10703.

Popup clinics in Suffolk County: The County has received 4,080 Monkeypox vaccinations from New York State and is working with Northwell Health, Stony Brook Medicine and Sun River Health on a series of clinics. The schedule for monkeypox vaccine clinics is on this page.

New York State monkeypox vaccine resources: Information about the monkeypox vaccine and availability of appointments across the state is on this page.

Vaccine-finder form for those wanting monkeypox vaccine

The New York Facebook group has its own form for people to fill out asking for help, as it did during the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The form is here. The form is best used for New York City, Long Island and Westchester, the administrators of the site say.

They add: “Be aware that our volunteer staff is small and they are not available 24/7. Also, supply is extremely limited at the moment, as are appointments. If you submit a request but find your own appointment, please cancel the appointment you don’t need or contact us to do so as someone else may need it! We will do our very best to help you. Contact info is also on the form if you wish to call or email. Please be patient and kind! Thank you”

New York City is currently making the first dose a priority, though full vaccine protection requires two doses.

“People should get the second dose of the two-dose vaccine at least four weeks after the first dose. You will start to build protection in the days and weeks after your first dose, but you will not have full immunity from the vaccine until two weeks after the second dose,” the city site says. “New York City is currently prioritizing first doses to get more people protected and help stop the spread while the vaccine supply remains low. If you have received the first dose, you will be contacted about scheduling the second dose in the coming weeks. You can wait longer than four weeks between doses.”