For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2022
Effective today, eligible residents can walk up to receive the monkeypox vaccine at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) monkeypox vaccination points of dispensing (PODs). Vaccine doses will be provided, while supplies last, to any eligible residents who provide an identification (ID) and attest to their eligibility.
Because doses are limited, residents who wish to ensure they receive the vaccine can book an appointment at clinical provider sites by visiting MyTurn.ca.gov.
The following high-risk groups are eligible for Monkeypox vaccine:
· Gay or bisexual men and transgender people who had:
o Multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days OR
o Skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons at large venues or events in the past 14 days.
· Persons of any gender or sexual orientation who engaged in commercial and/or transactional sex in the past 14 days (e.g., sex in exchange for money, shelter, food, and other goods or needs)
Note: If you are immunocompromised (including if you have advanced or uncontrolled HIV), you may be at high risk for severe disease and will be prioritized for vaccination.
Residents who met the prior eligibility criteria are still eligible for vaccination (i.e., you are a gay or bisexual man or a transgender person and you had gonorrhea or early syphilis in the past 12 months; or you are on HIV PrEP; or you had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners within the past 21 days in a commercial sex venue or other venue).
Residents receiving their first dose will need to bring an ID. Residents receiving their second dose will need to also bring their vaccination record.
Currently, a consent form is required for all minors aged 6 months through 17 at each visit. Youth 16 and 17 years of age should be accompanied by their parent. or legal guardian if possible. If this is not possible, they must bring a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Children ages 6 months through 15 years must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult. If the child is accompanied by a responsible adult, the consent form must name the responsible person and be signed by the parent or legal guardian.
For more information, please visit: ph.lacounty.gov/monkeypox.