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Monkeypox vaccine doses sent to Washington from federal stockpile

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control
Health officials say monkeypox is not easily passed from person to person.

The state health department says the shipment was modest, given Washington's small number of cases.

Federal health officials say they they have shipped a limited number of monkeypox vaccine doses to Washington.

The state Department of Health reports Washington has 15 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox out of about 700 nationwide. It’s the most in the Northwest. Nearly all are King County residents. Oregon reports six cases, Idaho has one. California leads the nation with 136.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say their stockpiles of the monkeypox vaccine are limited, so they’re parsing it out in proportion to the number of cases. Washington health officials say they’ve received doses for about 400 people. They say about two-thirds of that has already been distributed to the places that need it most.

Federal officials say they’ll distribute a second round of vaccine in late July or early August.

Officials say Washington’s first monkeypox cases were reported in people who were contracted it outside the state. Now they’re seeing people who didn’t travel but were exposed here.

Public health officials say monkeypox is not easily transmitted, usually skin-to-skin contact with someone with someone who has the disease.

Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.