For Immediate Release:
July 08, 2022
With the arrival of an additional 6,000 JYNNEOS doses this week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is expanding the eligibility criteria for residents to receive the monkeypox vaccine. However, due to continued limited supply of JYNNEOS vaccine from the federal government, vaccine is still being allotted, in alignment with the national monkeypox vaccine strategy, to Los Angeles County residents at higher risk of exposure.
Beginning Monday, July 11, monkeypox vaccines will become available by invitation only to:
o Gay and bisexual men and transgender women who are patients of an STD clinic with a diagnosis of rectal gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 3 months, as both of these sexually transmitted infections can increase the risk of monkeypox transmission through the genital sores caused by these infections.
Public Health or clinic partners will directly communicate to eligible patients to provide details on how and where to access the JYNNEOS vaccine.
Public Health will continue to provide monkeypox vaccines by invitation only to the following select groups of persons identified through public health investigation, including:
With the JYNNEOS vaccine supply extremely limited in the United States, residents who have not been contacted by Public Health or clinic partners are not able to be vaccinated at this time. Public Health will expand eligibility as additional doses are available; the federal government anticipates distributing additional doses later this month.
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:
To prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus, persons should avoid:
For more information, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/monkeypox/
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