Hamburger Mary’s to host monkeypox vaccination clinic Saturday night

Hamburger Mary’s, the famed Long Beach restaurant known for its drag shows, will host a monkeypox vaccination clinic Saturday evening in collaboration with Los Angeles County’s public health department.

County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Friday that the mobile clinic her office launched during the pandemic to distribute COVID-19 vaccines would pivot to providing monkeypox vaccines. Saturday’s mobile clinic will be outside Hamburger Mary’s at 330 Pine Ave. from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

“I want to take the hassle out of getting vaccinated, so we are making it as easy as possible with our mobile clinic at the iconic Hamburger Mary’s,” said Hahn. “This Saturday, take just a few minutes for you and your friends to get vaccinated and then enjoy the rest of your night out at Hamburger Mary’s worry-free.”

Appointments are not required but may be scheduled through the state’s MyTurn website. To be eligible for the shot, attendees will need to attest that they meet the eligibility criteria laid out by LA County.

There have been 87 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Long Beach and 1,618 across LA County, primarily among men who have sex with other men, according to data from local health departments.

While the risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low, health officials urged people at risk to take additional steps to protect themselves and lower the risk of monkeypox exposure, including practicing safer sex, avoiding skin-to-skin or prolonged face-to-face contact with anyone who has symptoms, and not sharing materials such as towels or cups.

The city has administered more than 4,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine. The county has administered over 50,000.

Long Beach now offering monkeypox vaccinations without appointments at LBCC site

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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