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UHS to host first monkeypox vaccination clinic on campus – The Daily Texan

University Health Services is partnering with the Kind Clinic on September 21 to host the first monkeypox vaccination clinic on campus.

The kind clinic is a non-profit sexual health clinic with locations throughout Texas. The clinic offers services such as PrEP, PEP, HIV testing and care, STI testing and treatment, and gender-affirming care.

The vaccine event will take place at William C. Powers Student Activity Center South Ballroom in room 2.412 from noon to 3 p.m. and is free to all students who meet Austin Public Health’s vaccine eligibility requirements. Individuals are eligible for monkeypox vaccine if they had close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus within 14 days, if they had multiple sexual partners in the past few weeks, or if they attended an event where sexual contact took place. Appointments are not necessary and the clinic will have about 100 first-dose vaccines available, said Anita Garza, account manager at Kind Clinic.

“I think if COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we kind of have to get ahead of the game when it comes to vaccine safety and health issues in general,” said Federico Ruiz De Hoyos, a first-year economics student who plans to attend the clinic.

The monkeypox vaccine is a series of two shots given 28 days apart, and the vaccine is most effective two weeks after the second dose, said Terrance Hines, UHS executive director and chief medical officer. .

Students can schedule and receive their second dose with Kind Clinic at their Koenig location, said Steven Tamayo, director of community health at Kind Clinic. The Kind Clinic will provide bus route maps for those without transportation. If students cannot attend the pop-up clinic, they can make an appointment with the Kind Clinic at a later date, Tamayo said.

“It’s important to recognize that monkeypox is not like COVID-19 at all, especially in the way it is transmitted,” Hines said.

If students develop symptoms such as a rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, body aches, respiratory symptoms, or if they have been exposed to someone with monkeypox, they are encouraged to call the hotline. board of nurses at UHS, Hines said.

“This is just a great opportunity for UHS to partner with GSC, Kind Clinic and PEFSA to get targeted messaging to target the communities most disproportionately affected by this disease,” Hines said. .

Tamayo said he reached out to the Gender and Sexuality Center create the event to make it accessible to students on campus. In conjunction with the GSC, the Kind Clinic worked with Healthy Horns and the Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association.

Tamayo said he wanted to make sure students who might be new to campus are aware of available resources.

“Being able to normalize the conversation around sexual health services like vaccinations can really (help break) the stigma,” Tamayo said.