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Louisiana monkeypox vaccinations surpass 7,770 first doses

By: - September 15, 2022 10:44 am

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Louisiana has given 7,754 first doses of the monkeypox vaccine and fully vaccinated 2,341 people, which requires two shots about a month apart, as of Wednesday.  

Most of the vaccinations – 4,899 of the doses – have been administered in New Orleans or its surrounding parishes. It’s also the area with the largest number of monkeypox infections, 155 of the 217 total cases reported in the state since July.

Most monkeypox vaccinations administered in Louisiana have taken place over the past month, meaning more people should start receiving their second shots in the next couple of weeks, health officials said. Louisiana is holding three mass vaccination events in New Orleans next week aimed at giving out the second round of shots. 

In the United States and Europe, monkeypox has primarily affected men who have sex with men and transgender people. Louisiana has focused most of its vaccine efforts on gay and bisexual men as well as transgender people, but anyone can contract the virus regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is thought to be primarily spread through close, skin-to-skin contact.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.