WHITE CENTER, Wash. — Hundreds of people lined up at a bar in the White Center on Sunday as part of a free King County Monkeypox community vaccination event for people considered to be at high risk of contracting the virus.
“As a business owner, if you have a way to give back to your community, which already gives you so much, it’s really important that you step up and do it,” said Lumber Yard owner Nathan Adams. Bar located in White Center.
Adams partnered with Public Health Seattle & King County Health, who requested to use his company to host a community Monkeypox vaccination event.
“If I had the chance to do it during COVID, I would have done it because it was so important back then, it’s just as important,” Adams said.
Hundreds of people lined up to get vaccinated at Sunday’s event, which delivered around 400 doses, for people considered to be at high risk.
“The majority of our cases of Monkeypox infection were in men who have sex with men,” said Ben Meana of Public Health Seattle & King County. “So these are people from the gay, bisexual, queer community and also from the trans community.”
The county estimates that about 40,000 people are considered high risk. As of August 12, there have been 224 cases in King County. County officials said they have received about 9,000 shots and plan to receive more soon, and hope to eventually have enough to give people their second dose.
“One provides some level of protection, but if you’re looking for that 85% experimental value, it’s for those two doses,” Meana said.
In the meantime, the county plans to hold additional community vaccination events in the coming weeks.
“If they need to contact me to start over, I’d be more than happy to find a way to do that,” Adams said. “It’s about being part of the neighborhood you’re in and being part of that community.”