Rhode Island to start offering monkeypox vaccines this week

This is an image of the monkeypox vaccine, Monday, July 18, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee announced Wednesday that Rhode Island is opening two monkeypox vaccination sites later this week.

The governor said that some Rhode Islanders will be able to get vaccinated at Alger Hall at Rhode Island College Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone looking to attend the aforementioned clinics, can follow the respective link to register.

Open Door Health, the Miriam Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic and Thundermist Health Center all have limited does of the vaccine as well. These clinics have been providing regular treatment to people at a high risk for monkeypox. Staff will use their judgement to contact select patients about the vaccine.

McKee said that people are only eligible for the vaccine if they are a close contact, or are an adult man who has had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last 30 days and identifies as gay, bisexual queer, or has sex with men and/or transgender people.

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