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University Medical Center launches monkeypox vaccine clinic to help vaccinate LGBTQ community

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Featuring cases of Monkeypox that are popular in our area. There are currently 97 confirmed cases in Louisiana. Now there is new concern about the lack of vaccines. The University Medical Center is taking matters into its own hands.

Many people want to get their monkeypox vaccines and the University Medical Center just launched their vaccine clinic this week.

It is by appointment only and those appointments and today all appointments were fully booked.

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With monkey pox cases on the rise, the University Medical Center has just launched their vaccine clinics.

“This is important for our community. We know this is something people are concerned about. We have a population that is at risk. We want to get as much out as we can, as soon as we can,” said Dr. Jeffrey Elder of LCMC Health/University Medical Center.

dr. Elder says the LGBTQ community is most at risk.

“Right now, the criteria are men who have sex with men, who have had multiple sex partners, or who have sexual encounters in social situations,” he said.

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Because these vaccines are by appointment only, they ask the public to be honest that they meet the criteria and self-report.

“Now is the time for people to be protected. It takes about two weeks to get full protection for the vaccine,” he said.

Time is on our city’s side now, as doctors say one of the reasons they’re trying to get as many people in the LGBTQ community as possible vaccinated is because Southern Decadence is coming. At Decadence, thousands take part in festivities over Labor Day weekend in the French Quarter.

“This is a high-risk group of disease from the virus, so now is the time to protect people,” said Dr. Elder.

dr. Elde said we’ve been lucky in the United States, because those infected only get mildly ill. But the more people they can vaccinate, the better.

“We’re going to do everything we can to help protect our community,” said Dr. Elder.

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LCMC Health and the University Medical Center will step up their vaccine efforts in the coming weeks and more vaccines will be shipped.

The clinic is by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 2pm to schedule your appointment call 504-702-4243.

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