August 09, 2022
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As part of the state’s ongoing response to the orthopoxvirus (monkey pox) outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom on August 1, 2022 declared a state of emergency to bolster the state’s response to the monkeypox epidemic. The proclamation supports ongoing work by the California Department of Public Health and others to coordinate a whole-of-government response to monkeypox, strengthen vaccination efforts, and expand outreach and education to inform Californians about monkeypox and the ways to limit its spread.
As of August 1, 2022, the state has distributed more than 25,000 doses of vaccine, allocating the vaccine to local health departments based on a number of factors, including the number of reported cases of monkeypox in an area and the estimation of populations at risk. To expand vaccination efforts, the proclamation also allows emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are FDA-approved, similar to the recently enacted legal authorization for pharmacists. to administer vaccines.
State public health laboratory officials have also worked with local public health, academic and commercial laboratories to ensure testing capacity is increasingly available and coordinated with the public health response.
For more information on monkeypox symptoms, testing, treatment, and vaccination, see the websites of the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.