California declares a state of emergency over monkeypox outbreak

California has declared a state of emergency over the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak, the third U.S. state to do so in a matter of days.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the emergency declaration would help support the state’s vaccination efforts. Demand for the vaccines has outstripped supply as infections rise. Staff at sexual health clinics and other sites have struggled to keep up with the influx of people seeking the shots.

 

California is mobilizing personnel from its Emergency Medical Services to help administer the monkeypox vaccines.

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” Newsom said.