California Governor Gavin Newsom Passes Crucial Monkeypox Funding - Los Angeles LGBT Center

California Governor Gavin Newsom Passes Crucial Monkeypox Funding

September 8, 2022
Contact: Media Relations

The Los Angeles LGBT Center applauds Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval of the state budget, which provides millions of dollars in effort to combat monkeypox.

The state allocated $41 million in necessary funding to combat the current monkeypox emergency, including $25.6 million for vaccine, testing, outreach, education, and treatment efforts across California. This bill also includes $15.7 million for local county public health departments and community-based organizations to bolster their monkeypox response efforts.

“Community health clinics on the front lines of responding to monkeypox have desperately needed support from local, state, and federal governments. Expanding vaccine, testing, outreach, and treatment is the much-needed relief to ensure our community’s health,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Joe Hollendoner.

“This critical public health response from the Governor’s office ensures that our community is prioritized. The monkeypox crisis has disproportionately affected the LGBTQ community and we are deeply grateful for increased funding to help bolster our fight,” said Hollendoner. “Our healthcare workers have been working diligently to distribute as many vaccines as we can to our clients, and we hope to benefit from this funding so that we may continue these efforts.”

Visit lalgbtcenter.org/monkeypox for the latest and most up-to-date information.

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