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Harris County monkeypox cases have risen to 125

The county only has about 250 vaccines left, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo updates the community on the spread of monkeypox on July 25, 2022.

Harris County’s monkeypox cases are up to 125, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Tuesday.

Last week the county had just over 50 cases, and now they have increased to 119% since last Monday when Hidalgo announced 57 cases in the county.

Hidalgo said that she will be urging her colleagues to support additional funding for Harris County Public Health.

“So the minute more vaccines arrive, we’re ready to give them,” she said. “That means staffing, that means supplies, it means tools. We’re controlling what we can control as far as what the community can do.”

Vaccine counts are low now. The county only has 250 vaccines left for individuals, and that’s only because of the strict criteria the county has, she said. Hidalgo said the county wants to avoid giving appointments for the monkepox vaccine right now because they don’t want to risk not having any to give.

Just last week the county announced they were set to receive nearly 17,000 vaccines from the CDC but they have yet to receive them.

“Those 17,000 vaccines that were allocated after last week’s request, they’ve not arrived yet,” Hidalgo said. “And when they do, they’re not enough. Harris county needs a substantial increase in the number of monkeypox vaccines, and we need those vaccines now.”

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