Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new text message notification effort to deliver the latest information on monkeypox directly to New Yorkers.
New Yorkers can sign up to receive text messages — which will include alerts about cases, symptoms, spread and resources for testing and vaccination — by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts. in Spanish. By providing a zip code, New Yorkers can also sign up for location-based messages.
“We are building on our ongoing response efforts to bring the latest monkeypox information, tools and resources directly to New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “As we continue to work with the federal government to push for more vaccines, I urge New Yorkers to sign up for these important alerts and stay informed about monkeypox updates in your community.”
The new SMS campaign is designed to alert New Yorkers of relevant information about monkeypox, so they have protective public health information and resources at their fingertips. The posts will cover information about how monkeypox presents and is transmitted, as well as what New Yorkers should do after exposure.
Information on how to register for the SMS campaign will be disseminated widely through social media, voter engagement, community organizations and the state’s Excelsior Pass platform.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said: “In public health, information is one of our most valuable tools. This innovative campaign, which provides texts in English and Spanish, will help bring education and resources directly to New Yorkers – expanding the access to updates on monkeypox and the availability of vaccines and care I encourage everyone to sign up for these alerts and stay informed about the best ways we can all protect ourselves and mitigate the spread in our communities.”
New York State continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Monkeypox Response Team on vaccine distribution plans to ensure that New York State receives its fair share of the supply of vaccines as they become available to protect New Yorkers, especially for New Yorkers in communities with high transmission rates. Governor Hochul recently spoke with Dr. Ashish Jha and Dr. Raj Panjabi of the White House to secure additional vaccine doses to meet the needs of New Yorkers.
Today’s announcement builds on the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) ongoing public awareness efforts on monkeypox, including the recent launch of a digital advertising campaign pay to inform communities experiencing higher rates of monkeypox cases, including gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.
NYSDOH dedicated website, which stays up to date with the latest information, offers free downloadable materials including a palm map, information map, handout and posters available in English and Spanish. NYSDOH has already distributed these resources to LGBTQ+ organizations, local county health departments, healthcare providers, and businesses. The posters will be displayed at gathering places across the state, including health centers, transit centers, parks, rest areas, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
In addition to public outreach, the New York State Department of Health continues to focus on delivering vaccines to communities. July 12, NYSDOH announcement his second allocation of the JYNNEOS vaccine from the federal government. This supply remains limited, and New York State is actively working with the federal government to communicate the urgent need to increase supply to meet the preventative needs of New York residents. Local county health departments that have been supplied administer the vaccine directly and establish their own appointment processes. Working in partnership with counties, New Yorkers who sign up for location-based alerts can receive alerts about vaccine availability, clinic locations, scheduling, and other monkeypox-related updates specific to their region.
Earlier this week, NYSDOH, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), hosted a Monkeypox Town Hall for community leaders led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. New York City and other local municipalities have their own alert systems in place, and local residents should follow these updates as well. Working in partnership with community organizations and advocates, NYSDOH remains committed to continuing to raise awareness and maintain direct dialogue with New Yorkers, especially those most affected by the current outbreak.
NYSDOH continues to provide information and support to health care providers and local county health departments, including tips on case detection and notification. New York State has the capacity to test, and due to efforts to expand capacity, testing is now also available at LabCorp, Mayo Clinic and Aegis Sciences Corporation and will soon be available at two other national labs including Quest Nichols Institute Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare.
New Yorkers can sign up for the text campaign by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts in Spanish. New Yorkers will be able to provide their zip code to sign up for location-based messaging, if they wish.
For more information on monkeypox, visit health.ny.gov/monkeypox.
New Yorkers can learn more about New York State first allocation of vaccines from the federal government here and the second attribution here.