DAP Health launches new monkeypox hotline

DAP Health in Palm Springs receives hundreds of calls to its new monkeypox hotline every day, hoping to arm the community with information about the spread of the virus.

The hotline can be reached at (760) 656-8432. It is not for people to be put on a vaccine waiting list.

You can email your questions to: [email protected]

CJ Tobe, director of community health and sexual wellbeing at DAP Health, said that in launching the hotline, the advocacy-based health center seeks to fill a need for critical information.

“We know this crisis right now is more than a crisis. It’s impacting people who live in fear,” Tobe said. “People will contact us, DAP Health, as one of the leaders in this area with monkeypox with accurate information.”

Volunteers are there to get information about the virus and respond to community concerns.

“We’ve had over 1,000 calls, emails and messages…and people are so relieved,” said volunteer coordinator Larry Naishtut. “They are really grateful to talk to someone who addresses their fears and concerns.”

Amid a vaccine shortage with thousands of people locally seeking protection, DAP Health and others ran a full-page ad in a Sacramento newspaper, hoping to draw the attention of state leaders and to call for more vaccines in the Coachella Valley.

DAP Health has a list of 2,000 patients considered to be at high risk of contracting monkeypox, but so far the organization has only administered 800 doses.

“We will continue to advocate at the federal and state levels to get more vaccines to this area because that’s the only way to stop the spread of monkeypox,” Tobe said.

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