More People Are Now Eligible for the Monkeypox Vaccine – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Website

Posted on August 31, 2022

The Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox virus vaccine and launched a new appointment request process.

The expanded vaccine eligibility aligns with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) criteria and now includes Virginia residents of all ages, sexual orientations, or backgrounds. sex, who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Having had anonymous or multiple sexual partners (more than one) in the past two weeks; WHERE
  • are a sex worker; WHERE
  • You are a staff member of an establishment where sexual activities take place (public baths, saunas, sex clubs, etc.)

The criteria for being vaccinated may be updated in the future.

Close contacts of known cases continue to be eligible and prioritized for monkeypox vaccine.

ACPHD has also launched a more streamlined process for requesting an appointment for a first dose of the monkeypox vaccine. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can request an appointment by visiting ACPHD will review all requests to verify eligibility before confirming the appointment.

Starting this week, ACPHD also began administering the monkeypox vaccine using the intradermal (between layers of skin) method and dose according to federal and VDH guidelines. People 18 years of age or older who received their first dose of JYNNEOS by the subcutaneous (under the skin) method will receive their second dose by the intradermal method to complete their series of vaccinations.

Monkeypox is a contagious rash caused by the monkeypox virus. In most cases, it resolves without treatment. It is transmitted through close contact with an infected person. Close contact includes contact with broken skin, bodily fluids, or clothing or linens that have been in contact with an infected person. Spread can also occur with prolonged face-to-face contact.

Although anyone can get monkeypox if they come in close contact with someone infected with the virus, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, many of those affected by the current global outbreak are gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men. People with monkeypox in the current outbreak generally report having close and sustained contact with other people with monkeypox.

Currently, the high risk activity has sex with multiple or anonymous partners. Avoiding these activities greatly reduces the risk of catching or spreading monkeypox. Monkeypox does not spread from person to person by passing an infected person or through casual conversation with an infected person.

If someone has a new or unexpected rash or sores, they should work with their healthcare provider to determine the cause. Healthcare providers in Arlington can visit ACPHD’s Monkeypox for Healthcare Providers website for more information and how to contact us if they have questions.

For the latest information on monkeypox and the vaccine, please visit the ACPHD website and the VDH and CDC websites.

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