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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is promoting the creation of walk-in vaccination points to curb differences in the distribution of the monkeypox vaccine in the United States.
Demetre Daskalakis, who heads the White House’s response to monkeypox, indicated that the strategy that Washington has undertaken is an “example to follow” throughout the country, especially for communication with communities.
In this sense, the Washington Department of Health opened several vaccination points without an appointment at the beginning of August, in this way the number of people who have received at least one dose of the injection has increased, according to the epidemiologist for the district , Anil Mangla.
Walk-in immunization centers “increased vaccination among African Americans by 50 percent,” he said.
Nevertheless, The city has not yet managed to close the gap, according to the latest available data, from the beginning of September, they indicate that 20% of the injections were given to African-Americans, despite representing 36.3% of the total cases.
“Very often we see that our health system is not prepared to reach all communities (…) and we do not want that to happen with monkeypox,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, who acknowledged that the Data show a difference between the percentage of cases and the number of vaccines administered to the Afro community in the country.
According to CDC data, African-Americans account for almost 40% of the new registered cases, but only 12% of them have been vaccinated.
The goal of the federal government is to eradicate the disease, which has spread to more than 40 countries.
“We want to make sure that we can fight monkeypox and eventually contain it, control it and work towards eradicating it,” said Robert Fenton, coordinator of the White House response to the outbreak of the disease.
The United States is the country that has reported the most cases of monkeypox in the world, with 24,572 infections, and has administered some 684,000 doses of the vaccine throughout the country, according to CDC data.
With information from EFE