Kansas City Expands Vaxx Efforts As Monkeypox Continues To Spread Across Nation

This public health update shows street level urgency for the latest plague as more people are becoming infected across populations.

Here's a glimpse at the effort . . .

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has approved a portion of Kansas City’s northwest region supply for up to 1,125 people who may not know for certain they have been exposed to the virus, but who have been in high-risk areas or conditions.

“We feel the urgency that many of you are feeling. We want to give the Jynneos vaccine to people who have been exposed and anyone in high-risk groups,” said Marvia Jones, health director. “We have been working with the state and our CDC partners every day on a plan that will lead us to vaccinate more people who meet the high-risk definitions but do not have proof they have been in direct contact with someone with the virus.”

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