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Los Angeles County’s monkeypox vaccination effort will focus for now on getting first shots into arms.

To be fully vaccinated against monkeypox, people need to get two doses of the Jynneos vaccine four weeks apart. Ward Carpenter, director of health services for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said Friday that he received new guidance from the L.

A. County Department of Public Health advising that giving out first doses should be prioritized over administering the second shot.

On its website with guidance for healthcare professionals, the department said it “asks that all providers prioritize administering first doses of JYNNEOS vaccine to eligible immunocompetent persons to protect as many at-risk people as possible. Second dose appointments should be deferred until more doses of JYNNEOS become available.” A spokesperson confirmed the new vaccine prioritization via email.

“The county is officially changing the strategy to deferring second doses. This is a big change,” Carpenter said. It will help get more people partial protection against monkeypox, but at the same time, “it’s going to create a lot of anguish and concern among people who need their second dose.”

“There is good science” to back that change, he said, and “we are in support of that recommendation, but what that means is the question will be on everyone’s mind: How protected am I with the first dose?”

And the answer to that question is: No one knows right now. The vaccine currently being given for monkeypox is actually a smallpox vaccine (both diseases are caused by orthopoxviruses). Data show the vaccine is safe in humans and effective in animals and in test tubes. But it hasn’t been tested on humans under these circumstances before.

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As monkeypox cases across California and the U.S. continue to rise, experts address some of the concerns and questions swirling about virus, and what activities people should consider risky, or not.

“We just don’t have good data on vaccine effectiveness, especially as it relates to sexual transmission,” said Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a member of the World Health Organization’s emergency committee on monkeypox. “That’s not to say it won’t work. We just don’t have enough data to make definitive statements.”

The health department reopened its list of pre-registration slots for monkeypox vaccination appointments on Friday afternoon. If you are eligible and there are still appointments available, you can click this link to sign up: https://lacpublichealth.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aY96Sxs2lUgUZb8.

The list closes when no more spots are available. The county has a newsletter that will send you an email when more spots have opened. You can sign up for that at the top of the page here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/monkeypox.

You must be 18 years or older and meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • You are a gay or bisexual man or a transgender person who has had multiple sex partners in the last 14 days, including (but not limited to) having sex in exchange for food, shelter or other goods or needs.
  • You are on HIV PrEP medication.
  • You’ve had anonymous sex or sex with multiple people within the last 21 days at a commercial sex venue or other venue.
  • You’ve had high or intermediate exposure to monkeypox (the CDC has a list of what qualifies as exposure at those levels).
  • You’ve attended an event or venue where there was a high risk of exposure via skin-to-skin or sexual contact with people with monkeypox.
  • You are experiencing homelessness and engaging in high-risk behaviors.
  • You are a gay or bisexual man or a transgender person who’s had gonorrhea or early syphilis in the last 12 months.
  • You are in jail and have been identified as high-risk by clinical staff.
  • You are severely immunocompromised — for instance, if you are undergoing chemotherapy, are on high-dose steroids or other immunosuppressants, or have advanced or uncontrolled HIV.

Right now, Carpenter said, your best bet for getting a monkeypox vaccine is to sign up for the county’s alert newsletter and check the pre-registration link frequently for availability.

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Two Rookies Listed as Starters on Colts First Unofficial Depth Chart

Getty Head coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts released the team's first unofficial depth chart on August 9.

The Indianapolis Colts will play their first preseason game on Saturday, August 13. With that game only days away, the Colts released their first unofficial depth chart on August 9.

It’s important to keep in mind that nothing is set in stone when it comes to an NFL depth chart in the middle of August. That’s why teams use the term, “unofficial.”

But there are still a couple things noteworthy items on Indianapolis’ first depth chart for the 2022 season, including two rookies listed as starters — wide receiver Alec Pierce and strong safety Nick Cross.

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Pierce One of Three Starting Wide Receivers

One of the most anticipated training camp battles for the Colts this season was at wide receiver. Pierce and Parris Campbell, who is in a contract year, are competing for playing time opposite breakout 2021 star wideout Michael Pittman Jr.

On Indianapolis’ first unofficial depth chart, both Pierce and Campbell are listed as starters, depending on what personnel the offense uses to begin a game. On the team’s first depth chart, there are actually 12 starters, including three wide receivers and two tight ends.

If the Colts begin Week 1 of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills with two tight ends, then Pierce and Campbell likely won’t both start. But should the offense begin with a 3-wide receiver set, then Pierce will start.

Interestingly, the Colts didn’t feature many 3-wideout sets last year. Pittman and Zach Pascal both played more than 78% of Indianapolis’ offensive snaps, but the team’s No. 3 receiver, T.Y. Hilton, only lined up for 30.28% of the team’s snaps on offense.

This year, though, it’s very likely the Colts will have more than three receivers playing at least a one-third of the team’s offensive snaps, assuming Pittman, Campbell and Pierce all remain healthy.

Click here to view the Colts entire unofficial depth chart on offense for Week 1 of the preseason.

Cross Listed as Starting Strong Safety

Indianapolis also lists 12 starters on defense on its first unofficial depth chart. The chart includes three linebackers and three cornerbacks.

But regardless of whether the Colts play their base defense or deploy the nickel personnel, Cross is considered a starter on the team’s first depth chart as one of the team’s top two safeties.

The depth chart lists Cross ahead of both free agent acquisitions Rodney McLeod and Armani Watts.

Ironically, Cross the McLeod attended the same high school. McLeod told reporters on August 2 that he has been following Cross’ career for a long time and called his ability to make calls at the safety spot as a rookie earlier in training camp, “very impressive.”

Cross has a chance to start this season because Khari Willis suddenly announced his retirement in June.

Click here to view the Colts’ defensive depth chart for Week 1 of the preseason.

Other Notes From Colts’ First Depth Chart

Left tackle was expected to be another training camp battle for the Colts this year. Veteran Matt Pryor is listed as the starter ahead of rookie Bernhard Raimann on the team’s unofficial depth chart.

Based on how Pryor and Raimann have played in camp, that’s not a surprise.

At right tackle, undrafted free agent Ryan Van Demark is listed as the team’s backup to Braden Smith. Veteran Dennis Kelly is behind Van Demark on the depth chart, which is a little surprising, but Kelly has been dealing with a knee injury.

At tight end, rookies Drew Ogletree and Jelani Woods are both listed as backups behind Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson. The Colts drafted Woods 199 picks ahead Ogletree, but Ogletree has played very well during camp.

On defense, Ben Banogu is listed as one of the team’s backup edge rushers ahead of Dayo Odeyingbo. That’s a little bit surprisingly, but Colts writer Kevin Hickey of USA Today wrote the situation is one “to not overthink.”

There’s still a whole month before the start of the regular season. This is far from the Colts’ final depth chart.

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