Letter to the Editor: There Simply Isn’t Enough Vaccine to Do the Job

Posted 8/16/22

Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across the Puget Sound. Seattle has seen a tenfold increase in case counts in the past week. The virus is spread through sexual, skin to skin contact, as well as …

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Letter to the Editor: There Simply Isn’t Enough Vaccine to Do the Job

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Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across the Puget Sound. Seattle has seen a tenfold increase in case counts in the past week. The virus is spread through sexual, skin to skin contact, as well as through the use of shared items, such as towels, clothing and bed linens.

The vaccine for this disease was approved by the FDA in December of 2021. It is safe and effective, and can be used by immunocompromised persons.

CDC has purchased lots of this vaccine, to distribute to state departments of health, who will in turn pass them on to the local health jurisdictions. Washington DOH has thus far received enough to vaccinate only 3,000 persons. This, in a state of close to 8 million people.

Echoing the eerie silence of the political class during the HIV pandemic’s early days, our federal representatives and senators have not contacted CDC to ask for more doses of this vaccine. Nigel Turner, of Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, says plans and infrastructure are in place to distribute the vaccine amongst the most vulnerable populations, however, there simply isn’t enough vaccine to do the job.



Therefore, I write to you to ask you to inform people through your newspaper, both of the vaccine that will protect them from this disease, and of the need to contact our political representatives and ask them to act now to protect their constituents. Rep. Marilyn Strickland can be reached at 360-459-8514, Sen. Maria Cantwell can be reached at 253-572-2281, and Sen. Patty Murray can be reached at 253-572-3636.

David Bart,

Olympia

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