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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Monkeypox Vaccine Information

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on August 9, 2022 to allow the use of JYNNEOS (a vaccine that prevents Monkeypox disease) to be given between layers of the skin (intradermally) for people 18 years of age and older* at high risk for monkeypox infection. The EUA also allows the vaccine to be given beneath the skin (subcutaneously) for people younger than 18 years of age at high risk for monkeypox infection. These changes make it possible for the federal supply of monkeypox vaccine doses to increase, which helps ensure that eligible Los Angeles County residents complete the two-dose series as recommended.

Monkeypox vaccine is now available to the following high-risk groups:

Gay or bisexual men and transgender people who had:

  • Multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days OR
  • 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)

If you met the prior eligibility criteria you 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).

Public Health is also directly communicating with the following groups to provide vaccination:

  • People who have had high- or intermediate-risk contact with someone with monkeypox (as defined by CDC and confirmed by Public Health).
  • People who attended an event or venue where there was high risk of exposure through skin-to-skin or intimate contact to individual(s) with monkeypox.
  • Persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) with high-risk behaviors.
  • People in high-risk cohorts identified by clinical staff in the LA County Jail system.
  • Other community groups at high risk of exposure to monkeypox.

If you meet any of the above criteria, you can go to a walk-up Public Health vaccinating site or visit to find other vaccinating sites near you. 

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