“Monkeypox Clinics to Begin Offering Walk-up Only Vaccination Services on September 23” and ICYMI: COVID19 test kits have been granted a six-month extension and Props to the DC Health’s Covid center at 10th and U

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health announced that the district’s three monkeypox clinics will transition to walk-in-only services beginning Friday, September 23. Eligible individuals will no longer need to pre-register for monkeypox vaccines and can visit any of DC Health’s three monkeypox clinics for their first or second dose.

Those who received their first dose via appointment will receive email guidance to obtain their second dose of vaccination. Beginning September 23, those receiving their first dose of the monkeypox vaccine will receive a written reminder of when to return for the second dose. According to the CDC, the second dose of the monkeypox vaccine should be given 24 to 32 days after the initial dose, however it can also be effective if given more than 32 days after the initial dose.

Vaccination doses will be subject to availability at each of the three clinics. Residents are encouraged to follow DC Health’s social media channels for updates on availability at each site.

DC Health Monkeypox Clinic Locations:

Those eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include residents of the District, persons who work in the District, students enrolled in District colleges/universities and persons affiliated with DC Health Programs receiving healthcare services in DC, and seniors. 18 years of age, who meet one of the following criteria:

All people, of any sexual orientation or gender, who have had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks, including those currently considered most at risk: gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, transgender men, and transgender women ; either
Men who have sex with men who are not monogamous (pre-exposure prophylaxis); either
Sex workers (of any sexual orientation or gender); either
Staff (of any sexual orientation or gender) in establishments where sexual activity occurs (eg, baths, saunas, sex clubs).
People of any sexual orientation or gender who:

Lives with HIV/AIDS or has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last three months.

Monkeypox is a potentially serious viral disease that can be spread from person to person through direct contact with the rash, scabs, or infectious body fluids. It can be spread during intimate physical contact between people, including sex, kissing, and hugging. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or when a person touches fabrics, such as bedding and towels, used by a person with monkeypox.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox often include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash and skin lesions. Although most cases do not require hospitalization, monkeypox can be dangerous, contagious, and uncomfortable. Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their health care provider about whether they need to be tested, even if they don’t think they’ve had contact with someone who has monkeypox.

For more information on monkeypox or the District’s case data, visit PreventMonkeypox.dc.gov.”

And a reminder from DC Health:

“#ICYMI – iHealth home #COVID19 test kits have been awarded a six-month extension from the FDA printed expiration date. For example, if the expiration date printed on your test kit box is 2022-08, the updated expiration date is 2023-02. Let’s go here.

And a reader writes:

“Really pleased with the experience of getting a Covid booster at the Covid center in Hall 1. Super efficient operations and lovely staff.. I was in and out in 30 minutes, including the 15-minute observation time.”

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