September 29, 2022 — People who didn’t get the monkeypox vaccine were 14 times more likely to contract the virus, according to data from the CDC.
“There is limited data on how well the Jynneos vaccine works against monkeypox in real-world settings,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “These new data give us a degree of optimism that the vaccine is working as intended.”
CNN reported that health officials are optimistic about the effectiveness of the two-dose Jynneos vaccine – and the possibility of eliminating the current outbreak in the country.
“We’re cautiously optimistic about the study and think as we continue to provide vaccines to those most at risk of disease, and as we continue to encourage the behavior changes that we know work, the combination of these two will allow us to continue.” to see a drop in cases and hopefully eliminate the current monkeypox outbreak in the United States,” a senior health official told CNN.
The results do not take into account changes in behavior or other factors, such as the shelf life of the vaccine and how long protection might last.
“Which doesn’t allow us to fully unravel parts of it that could be parts of behavior changes related to sexual networks or who people come in contact with,” the official said. “We know that when the monkeypox outbreak began, many gay and bisexual men changed their behavior.”
More than 800,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been administered in the United States. According to the CDC, 1.7 million men who have sex with men are at highest risk.
CDC data shows the average daily new cases have fallen since mid-August.