AUSTIN (KXAN) — People wanting to receive the monkeypox vaccine can stop by a downtown Austin club this weekend.
Rain on 4th posted on Instagram that it’s partnering with the Kind Clinic to hold a free, pop-up vaccination clinic this Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Clinic staff members will administer the JYNNEOS vaccine, which is approved for prevention of monkeypox disease, to those who are eligible to receive it.
“As the LGBTQIA+ community is currently the most impacted by the monkeypox outbreak, it makes sense to hold a temporary vaccination clinic on 4th Street,” Scott Neal, president of Rain on 4th, said Wednesday, “and Rain on 4th is happy to provide a space for Kind Clinic to do so.”
Austin Public Health (APH) will provide about 100 vaccine doses for this walkup clinic, so the shots will be relatively limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
According to APH, other eligibility requirements to get the two-dose shot right now includes the following:
- If you’ve had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox in the past two weeks.
- If you’ve had multiple sexual partners in recent weeks or attended venues where sex occurs.
- If you identify as a cisgender male or transgender woman and report multiple sexual partners or anonymous sexual partners within the last 21 days.
- If you are currently taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and have multiple sexual partners.
- If you’ve been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last 12 months (including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis).
However, Nuno dos Santos, the nursing manager at Kind Clinic, said monkeypox vaccine eligibility recently expanded to broadly include all men who have sex with other men.
“This quick event of getting the vaccine with almost no side effects, we can take another step forward in protecting each other and make sure that this monkeypox wave gets as contained as possible,” dos Santos said Wednesday.
Rain on 4th, located at 217 W. 4th Street, is asking people to use the club’s rear entrance in the alley to access Sunday’s vaccination clinic on the back deck.
The Kind Clinic expects to have about 500 more monkeypox vaccine appointments open up next week at its Koenig Lane location. Patients can go to www.kindclinic.org/mpv to sign up to receive notifications about when vaccine appointments are posted or are available to book.
During their meeting Tuesday, the Travis County commissioners agreed to look into a possible contract with Ascension Seton on monkeypox vaccine distributions. The county currently has an agreement with Ascension Seton that specifically applies to COVID-19 vaccine distributions. County Executive Chuck Brotherton said county officials will look into either a modified contract or new contract with Ascension Seton on vaccine efforts and will come back to Travis County commissioners for a final vote.
This past weekend more than 1,900 got the JYNNEOS vaccine at the first mass vaccination clinic organized by four different organizations in Austin, including CommUnity Care.
The latest update from APH showed there are 93 monkeypox cases confirmed in Travis County. An Austin medical worker who developed lesions last week is among the recent infections. He shared how he’ll have to take short-term disability so that he can remain home from work for a prolonged period of time and safely recover from his infection.