Elements Pharmacy Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic is Coming to WeHo at Block Party Store

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monkeypox vaccine - photo by Paulo Murillo for WeHo Times

A mobile vaccination clinic, presented by Elements Pharmacy, will offer COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters and monkeypox vaccines in front of Block Party retail store located in the heart of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District, at 8853 Santa Monica Boulevard. Appointments can be made for Thursday, September 8th, 9th and 10th from 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm.

Data from County of Los Angeles Public Health reports 1,666 total monkeypox / orthopox confirmed cases as of September 2, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.. (includes Long Beach and Pasadena).

The Elements Pharmacy Mobile Vaccination clinic is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for the YNNEOS Smallpox & Monkeypox Vaccine (you must be 18 or older), click the link below:
https://block-party-mobilevaccineclinicmonkeypox.intend.io/

To schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine/booster click the link below:
https://block-party-mobilevaccineclinic-covid-19.intend.io/

A Los Angeles County Public Health Monkeypox Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic was stationed at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room adjacent to West Hollywood Park, however, the pre-registration link for the monkeypox vaccine has reached capacity and is currently paused. Those already registered will receive a text message from Public Health inviting them to be vaccinated when vaccine doses become available.

Persons with monkeypox symptoms or infection do not need the vaccine. The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent monkeypox infection. It should not be given to someone who is already infected or has monkeypox symptoms.

Early data suggests that gay men, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) comprise a high number of cases of monkeypox virus in this current outbreak. Anyone, however, in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. Currently, there are 776 confirmed cases in LA County.

According to Public Health officials, signs of infection may include: fever and headaches; swollen lymph nodes; muscle aches; and rash, bumps, or blisters, which may be limited to one part of the body. LA County Public Health has prepared a variety of health education resources, including flyers and handouts, such as: PamphletFlyerSignagePocketcard; and Intimate Contact Handout.

LA County Public Health reminds community members: if you think you have monkeypox, first speak to your primary care provider. If you do not have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 for assistance. In addition, people who have developed a rash can access services at LA County Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics.

For all monkeypox information, as well as additional options and locations for vaccination (known as Points of Dispensing, PODs) please visit ph.lacounty.gov/monkeypox. People without access to internet, or people who need help with registration for an appointment, can call 2-1-1 for assistance.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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