FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAMILIES TOGETHER LEADS ORANGE COUNTY’S MPOX VACCINE EFFORTS
TUSTIN, Calif., August 15, 2022 – With growing concerns regarding the spread of mpox, Families Together of Orange County, a nonprofit community health center, is the first and only community health center in Orange County to provide vaccinations against mpox.
On Tuesday, August 16, Families Together (FTOC) will be holding a mpox vaccine clinic where existing FTOC patients and Orange County residents can receive the first dose of the Jynneos vaccine. This vaccine is to be administered in two doses, given 28 days apart.
Alexander Rossel, CEO of Families Together of Orange County, states:
“Families Together has always rushed to the frontlines whenever the community needed us most. During the pandemic, we became one of the first to offer testing, and with the rollout of vaccines we became the only community health center to sit within the top 10 vaccine administrators in the County. Now, we are proud to be the first community health center in Orange County to offer this vaccine to our community, and we hope that our vaccine clinic is the first of many in the fight against mpox.”
Eligibility for the Jynneos vaccine is based on the CDC’s recommendation for people who have been exposed to mpox and people who may be likely to contract the virus. People who are aware that a sexual partner has been diagnosed with mpox in the past 2 weeks and people who have had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks are encourage to get vaccinated.
As cases in California continue increasing these vaccines come at a crucial time to prevent future infections. Dr. Sue Reddy, Associate Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Families Together, says:
“Our patients are relying on us to protect them during this current mpox outbreak. We are seeing growing concerns amongst our high-risk patients, who are the most fearful right now. The vaccines are coming at a critical time and we have an opportunity to change the trajectory of community spread.”
Vaccines will be administered to eligible walk-ins who are either existing FTOC patients and Orange County residents on a first come first served basis. All patients must bring valid photo identification and an insurance card. The clinic is taking place on Tuesday, August 16 from 9am to 1pm at 150 N. Myrtle Ave. Tustin, CA 92780. A second vaccine clinic will take place in September to administer second doses.
Guidelines and more information can be found on the Families Together website here.
About Families Together of Orange County
Since 2003, Families Together of Orange County Community Health Center (FTOC) has proudly served the Orange County community with a myriad of health services while providing a welcoming, multi-lingual and patient -centered medical home to all. FTOC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, FQHC look-alike, a member of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers and the CPCA.
Please visit www.facebook.com/FamiliesTogetherOC for more information on Families Together of Orange County and for the latest updates.