Department of Health Expands Eligibility for the Monkeypox Vaccine

Annapolis, Md (September, 23 2022) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine, allowing vaccine distribution to anyone at high risk of infection to be vaccinated prior to exposure as supply allows. The vaccine was previously recommended only for people who had been potentially exposed to monkeypox.

Effective immediately, the expanded criteria for monkeypox vaccination will include anyone who meets any of these criteria:

  • Anyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity who has had multiple or unknown sexual partners in the past two weeks, including those considered higher risk: gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and immunocompromised individuals
  • Anyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity who are aware that one or more of their sexual partners from the past two weeks has been exposed to monkeypox
  • Self-identified close contact of a person with monkeypox
  • Impacted community member with potential monkeypox exposures in the prior two weeks
  • Individuals whose jobs may expose them to monkeypox

Beginning Monday, September 26, 2022, the Department of Health will also begin testing eligible individuals for monkeypox. For those interested in being tested, call 410-222-7256.

The new eligibility criteria is aligned with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Expanding eligibility will provide greater protection for individuals against monkeypox virus infection and reduce the risk of spread throughout the community.

The JYNNEOS vaccine is free. No one will be denied a vaccine based on race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, economic or citizenship status. People who meet the current eligibility criteria can schedule an appointment for the vaccine.

For more information on the monkeypox virus or to make a vaccine appointment, click here.

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