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Monkeypox vaccine arrives in Bethel

Greg Kim
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received doses of the monkeypox vaccine on Aug. 26.

Bethel received its first shipment of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine on Aug. 26.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said that it is working on a vaccination distribution plan, and said that it anticipates monkeypox vaccines will become available to certain residents in mid-September.

The CDC has reported only three confirmed monkeypox cases in the state of Alaska so far. The first case in the state was confirmed in late June. Monkeypox isn’t a sexually transmitted disease, but can be spread by prolonged skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms include a rash that the CDC says can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Nina is a temporary news reporter at KYUK. She comes to Bethel from NPR, where she's a producer at Morning Edition.
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