The HOPE Health and Wellness Center houses a monkeypox vaccination clinic

More than 300 vaccines are available to eligible individuals at the South Dallas clinic while supplies last

DALLAS, AUGUST 12, 2022 – Abounding Prosperity Inc. and its HOPE Health and Wellness Center hosts a monkeypox vaccination clinic for high-risk individuals and those living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The clinic is now open to eligible individuals by appointment only at HOPE Health and Wellness Center, 1619 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215. Clinic hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CT every Thursday and Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT every Saturday, while supplies last.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which can spread from person to person through respiratory secretions or direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. JYNNEOS is the only FDA-licensed vaccine in the US approved for the prevention of monkeypox.

There are currently approximately 6,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States; more than 700 cases in Texas; and more than 200 cases in Dallas County, more than any other county in the state. The LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected, with approximately 98 percent of all cases involving gay or bisexual men.

Abounding Prosperity Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to respond to social disparities and health care disparities ravaging communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities in Dallas County, initially received 300 doses of monkeypox vaccine from Health and Human Services Dallas County. Doses will be administered in the clinic until they are used up.

“The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines is a concern for the medical community and those at highest risk because they are less likely to have access to care or the vaccine,” said Kirk Myers-Hill, founder and chief executive officer of Abounding Prosperity Inc. “Having this clinic in South Dallas makes it easy for people to get the vaccine in their area. It is imperative that as many people as possible receive the vaccine to gain immunity.”

Although the disease is more common among gay and bisexual men, a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not put them at a higher risk of infection; close contact with an infected person increases the risk of infection. Taking precautions such as avoiding skin-to-skin contact with people who have symptoms, avoiding contact with objects and materials that have been used by someone with monkeypox, and washing your hands frequently can reduce your chances of contracting the disease.

“It is critical that we provide these vaccines and other resources to ensure access and affordability to those who may not otherwise be able to access these resources. We want to normalize prevention as part of self-care,” said Tamara Stephney, chief operating officer of Abounding Prosperity Inc. and executive director of HOPE Health and Wellness Center. “We must continue to be at the forefront and respond aggressively and quickly to public health issues that affect our community, just as we have responded to HIV, COVID-19, STDs, and now monkeypox. Integrating these types of services allows us to expand our prevention efforts, thereby increasing positive outcomes for community health and well-being.”

To determine eligibility and make an appointment to receive the vaccine at Abounding Prosperity Inc.’s HOPE Health and Wellness Center, visit the Monkey Pox Vaccine Pre-Eligibility Checkpoint.

Due to high demand, which currently exceeds available supply, only those who qualify will receive the vaccine.

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