Monkeypox vaccine appointment website crashes in New York
New York City’s monkeypox vaccine appointment website crashed on Tuesday “due to overwhelming traffic,” the city announced as the country sees an increase in cases.
“All available appointment slots for the monkeypox vaccine have been booked. Due to overwhelming traffic, as soon as appointments went live this afternoon, the site sent error messages to many people who were unable to book appointments,” said the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The city said it will alert residents when more appointments may be scheduled and noted that technical difficulties on their website “is just further evidence that demand is very high.”
“We apologize for the frustration caused and are working to establish a stable appointment infrastructure as we roll out more appointments as the supply of vaccines increases in the coming weeks. We look forward to receiving more doses in the near future to provide New Yorkers,” the department said in a separate tweet.
On the city department website page on monkeypoxhe notes that there are no appointments available for those who want a vaccine, adding that they expect later this week more slots to register will become available.
“Vaccine supply remains low. NYC is receiving a limited number of doses from the federal government, and we are making them available to New Yorkers as quickly as possible,” reads the “vaccination” section.
Monkeypox, though rarely fatal, has milder symptoms than smallpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can be transmitted during sex or during a kiss or during direct contact with bodily fluids, scabs or a rash, among others.
CDC data as of Tuesday afternoon shows there are 929 cases of monkeypox nationwide.
New York City and Washington, DC have offered the two-dose Jynneos smallpox vaccine to bisexual and gay men, gender nonconforming people, and transgender women, among others. But both cities saw their vaccine stocks quickly peak on the same day they began offering appointments.