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MPX: SLO County Offers Immunization Clinic to LGBTQ+ Community

San Luis Obispo County Public Health and the Center for Pride and Diversity Gala in SLO are hosting a second MPX vaccination clinic in October for eligible community members.

Those who received their first MPX vaccine in September at the Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo vaccine events and new patients who meet the criteria are eligible.

Patients can receive an MPX vaccine at Gala on October 14 with no appointment necessary.

“We are thrilled to partner with Public Health and the SLO County MPX Advisory Group to deliver a vaccine in a supportive and uplifting atmosphere,” Gala Executive Director Dusty Colyer-Worth said in a press release. “This event is a great opportunity to not only get vaccinated, but also to speak with senior healthcare professionals about MPX and how you can stay safe during this outbreak.”

The The Vaccine Gala Event will include a food truck and live music, as well as preventative care and medical professionals to answer questions, according to a Facebook post. Spanish language interpreters will be available to assist patients whose first language is not English or for whom English is a second language.

What is the MPX vaccine? How is it administered?

the authorized The MPX vaccine is JYNNEOS and is administered intradermallythat is, between the layers of skin, usually under the forearm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Administration of the MPX vaccine is similar to a tuberculosis test, according to the public health statement.

After a nationwide MPX vaccine shortage that impacted availability in San Luis Obispo County, the supply has improved, the statement said.

“We are in a much better place with the MPX vaccine than a month ago,” county health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said in a news release.

Who is eligible for the MPX vaccine in SLO County?

The MPX vaccine is given to SLO County residents over the age of 18 who meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as gay, bisexual and other men or trans people who have sex with men, or
  • Identify as sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity, including those who engage in transactional or survival sex, or
  • Have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with MPX, or
  • Are sexual partners of people with the above risks, or
  • Anticipate the above risks, OR
  • Are health workers who may examine or collect laboratory samples from people with MPX.

Eligibility criteria have been expanded since September to include more community members. Eventually, Public Health hopes to be able to administer the MPX vaccine to anyone who wants itaccording to the MPX public health website.

“I am grateful to Gala and our community partners for their collaboration and to all who are taking action to protect you and your loved ones from MPX,” Borenstein said in the statement.

When and where to get the MPX vaccine in October

MPX vaccines are available walk-in at the Pride and Diversity Center Gala at 1060 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo on October 13 from 4-6:30 p.m.

MPX vaccines are also available by appointment at the Paso Robles Public Health Clinic at 805 4th St. on October 13. Call 805-237-3050 to schedule an appointment.

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Sara Kassabian is a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune, covering North County and health news. Sara is originally from the East Bay area and studied journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned a master’s degree in global health from UC San Francisco and previously worked in health, science, and technology communications. Follow Sara on Twitter @sarakassabian.

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