MPX protection has finally arrived on the Central Coast this week as San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and the Center for Pride and Diversity Gala in San Luis Obispo has partnered to offer a mobile vaccination clinic to eligible members of the community.
Public health spokesman Thomas Cuddy told The Tribune that 104 of the 150 available doses were administered at the September 7 clinic, meaning there are approximately 46 doses remaining for eligible community members. .
“It was a huge success, and we are very proud to have been able to bring this to our community, knowing that MPX is a huge concern,” Gala Board Chairman Gary Borjan wrote in an email. mail. “It’s been very difficult for the LGBTQ+ community to find this vaccine anywhere in the vicinity other than traveling to major cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.”
Borjan said the Gala constituency was thrilled to see the Center reactivate its space and use the back parking lot to deliver vaccines.
Many members of the LGBTQ+ community who are part of Gala’s constituency were encouraged by Public Health’s partnership with Gala to host this event, Borjan said.
“It was a very positive response from our community,” he said.
The LGBTQ+ community has felt the stigma of the MPX Association, as many men who have sex with men have been disproportionately affected by the outbreak, Borjan said.
“It’s been widely publicized that it’s a ‘gay disease’ or an LGBTQ+ disease when in fact anyone can get MPX,” he said. “It’s a disease transmitted by touch, and it can just be someone hugging, shaking hands, engaging in sexual activity. He doesn’t know of any restrictions on who he selects and chooses.The stigma was much like past crises in how the community rallied around it being a “gay disease.”
When administered intradermally, that is, under the skin, as was the case during Wednesday’s mobile clinic, the MPX vaccine is part of a two-dose series.
Borjan said Gala plans to partner with public health to host a second vaccination clinic to help community members receive their second doses in October.
The data shows a case of MPX was reported in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday.
Learn more about MPX in San Luis Obispo County by visiting the county’s public health page at bit.ly/mpx-sloco.