Public Health Monkeypox Vaccination PODs Now Accepting Walk Ups!

Monkey Pox

Starting today, public health monkeypox vaccinations PODs are now accepting walk-ups while supplies last.

On, August 9, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 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.

Eligible people of any age who have a history of developing keloid scars should get the vaccine beneath the skin (subcutaneously), not between the layers of the skin (intradermally).

Residents who received their first dose of vaccine over 28 days ago are now eligible to receive their second dose. Persons who signed up for their first dose on this website and received a text from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) about that dose, will automatically receive another text from DPH inviting them to return for a second dose when it is their turn. Persons who received their first dose with their health care provider should contact their health care provider to schedule an appointment for a second dose.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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
  • (NEW) Skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons at large venues or events in the past 14 days.
  • (NEW) 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.

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
  • 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.

If you meet any of the above criteria, you can sign-up on-line for vaccination.

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