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White People Get Bigger Share of Monkeypox Shots, Early Data Show

While most cases are concentrated among people of color, White people are getting most of the shots.

A health worker administers a dose of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a vaccination site in California, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. 

A health worker administers a dose of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a vaccination site in California, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. 

Photographer: Jill Connelly/Bloomberg

Much like with Covid-19, the monkeypox health crisis in the US is hitting Black and Hispanic Americans hard. Yet those groups are so far lagging in vaccination rates, early data obtained by Bloomberg News show. 

The US, which last Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, is the epicenter of the global outbreak. The majority of cases so far have been concentrated among men who have recently had sex with other men. Demographic data from the US Centers for Disease Control, though incomplete, suggests that most cases are also among people of color. As of the end of July, Black people made up 26% of cases with known race and ethnicity information and Hispanic people made up 32% of all cases.