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Monkeypox vaccination clinics set for Central and South Coasts

Ventura County its first diagnosed case of Monkeypox.
Two community moneypox vaccination clinics are set for the Central and South Coasts.

With vaccine limited, only certain people will be eligible.

Some Central and South Coast organizations are stepping up to provide monkeypox vaccinations for people who might be at high risk of contracting the virus.

The Pacific Pride Foundation is teaming up with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to host two vaccination clinics.

The first one will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Pride Foundation’s office in Santa Barbara. The second will be at the Foundation’s office in Santa Maria August 25.

With vaccine limited, not everyone will be eligible for shots. Eligibility includes people who are known close contacts of confirmed monkeypox cases. It also includes those with certain high-risk factors who are more likely to have been exposed. The virus is transmitted by infected people through close personal contact to other people.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.