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Monkeypox vaccination clinic reopens at Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, 4 blocks long

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Zuckerberg San Francisco General reopened its monkeypox vaccination clinic on Monday and the line stretched for several blocks. The first people lined up around 4:30 a.m. and the clinic didn’t open until 8:00 a.m.

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“I got here around 5:30 a.m. and I was the 123rd person in line,” said supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who received a dose on Monday. “Bring a folding chair or something because you’re going to be standing for an hour or two or more.”

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency to allocate more resources to vaccinating people. However, they say they need more help from the federal government.

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“We are currently at the epicenter of the monkeypox outbreak,” said Dr. Susan Ehrlich, CEO of Zuckerberg SF General. “We have about half the cases in California, so it’s only fair that we get the vaccine. I just wish we had more to better serve the community.”

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San Francisco originally requested 35,000 doses of the vaccine. Supervisor Mandelman says they might need more. He says one lab is producing the vaccines right now and he needs a better response from the federal government to get more vaccines distributed.

“We’ve requested 35,000 doses since inception two or three weeks ago,” Mandelman said. “We received a total of twelve thousand doses. We think we need more than 70,000 doses, so we miss him a lot.”

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