July 14, 2022
Public Health Media
Select Monkeypox Vaccine Eligible Residents Can Now Make Appointments or Walk in at Several Public Health Locations to Receive the Monkeypox Vaccine
Although the supply of JYNNEOS vaccine from the federal government remains limited, gay and bisexual men and transgender persons with a recent diagnosis of rectal gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 3 months are eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine and should check to see if their health care provider is a monkeypox vaccine provider.
Those who meet these eligibility criteria and are either without a provider or whose provider doesn’t provide the vaccine, can now make an appointment at a designated Public Health Clinic or walk up to one of three Public Health vaccination pods to receive the monkeypox vaccine.
To get vaccinated, patients need to provide one of the following:
- Proof of an appropriate and verifiable test result in the last 3 months of presentation. Proof can be on paper or shown from the patient’s phone, including a screenshot of the result or a test result within a patient portal; OR
- A Medical Provider Attestation confirming that the patient has a history of rectal gonorrhea or early syphilis treated presumptively in the past 3 months.
Individuals will need to also bring ID in addition to the proof of test result or Medical Provider Attestation.
Given the limited current national vaccine supply, as Public Health expands eligibility, the priority is to administer as many first doses of monkeypox vaccine as possible to all eligible persons at this time. As soon as federal vaccine supply expands, Public Health will make second doses available to those who received their initial dose. Public Health will also continue to expand eligibility to the vaccination as the federal government distributes additional doses.
Persons with symptoms should speak with their regular provider or call 2-1-1 if they do not have a provider. In addition, people without a regular provider that have developed a rash in the genital or perianal area, can access services at Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics.
Monkeypox, an uncommon disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, is rarely fatal. Monkeypox can spread when a person has close, physical contact with a person infected with monkeypox virus or when a person comes in contact with materials (e.g., bedding, towels) that are contaminated with the virus. The monkeypox virus can also spread from animals to people.
The monkeypox virus can spread by:
- Touching monkeypox lesions on a person’s skin
- Touching contaminated objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels), and surfaces that have been in contact with someone with monkeypox
- Coming into contact with respiratory droplets or secretions from the eyes, nose, and mouth from a person with monkeypox
To prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus, persons should avoid:
- Oral, anal, and vaginal sex, or touching the genitals or anus of someone with monkeypox
- Hugging, massaging, kissing, or talking closely with someone with monkeypox
- Touching shared fabrics, shared surfaces, and objects (e.g. sex toys) used by someone with monkeypox
- Sexual or intimate contact with an individual that has lesions on their skin or in their mouth
For more information, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/monkeypox/