Monkeypox vaccine eligibility expanded in King County – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

Monkeypox vaccine eligibility in King County is now expanded and simplified. The next people are inspired to get the two-dose vaccine collection: 

  • Individuals who have had pores and skin to pores and skin or different shut contact with somebody with monkeypox.
  • Males and transgender people who’ve intercourse with males or who’ve intercourse with transgender people.  
  • People of any gender or sexual orientation who interact in business or transactional intercourse. This would possibly embody individuals who have intercourse in trade for cash, shelter, meals, for instance.  

The vaccine will not be at the moment beneficial for members of most people who are usually not at excessive danger of publicity to monkeypox.

Vaccine provides have been very restricted to start with of the outbreak. The vaccine eligibility standards prioritized solely folks on the very highest danger, reminiscent of individuals who had been uncovered to a laboratory confirmed case of monkeypox or who had a number of sexual companions.  Now, vaccine is obtainable to extra folks. 

For the reason that outbreak started in Might, Public Well being and our companions have vaccinated 1000’s of individuals. Whereas new monkeypox case numbers are declining, we aren’t out of the woods but. On common, one new case of monkeypox is recognized every day and continues to current a risk to our neighborhood. In case you fall into considered one of these three eligibility classes, you might be beneficial to begin your two-dose collection now.

“We encourage all those that are at greater danger to take a look at the totally different choices for getting two doses of vaccine, together with by many healthcare suppliers in our neighborhood such because the Sexual Well being Clinic at Harborview,” stated Dr. Jeff Duchin, Well being Officer, Public Well being – Seattle & King County. “The CDC lately shared new information that unvaccinated individuals who have been thought of eligible for the vaccine have been 14 occasions extra more likely to turn into contaminated with MPX in comparison with those that had been vaccinated. This highlights the significance of getting vaccinated if you’re at excessive danger.”  

Second doses

The CDC recommends that the two-dose monkeypox vaccine collection be administered 28 days aside. People who haven’t had the second dose are usually not as effectively protected

The place to get the vaccine

Vaccine is obtainable at a number of areas in the neighborhood, so begin by checking together with your healthcare supplier. Go to our monkeypox vaccine website for extra particulars on hours and areas. Listed below are among the choices in our neighborhood:

  • The Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview (by appointment or walk-in)
  • Sea Mar clinics (walk-in)
  • Healthpoint Auburn North and Tukwila Clinics (by appointment solely)
  • AIDS Healthcare Basis (by appointment or walk-in).
  • Public Well being can be facilitating neighborhood vaccination occasions by partnering with healthcare suppliers and neighborhood organizations to achieve folks at highest danger.

Lowering danger

Along with vaccination, there are different methods to maintain your self protected, as effectively. These embody: 

  • Limiting the variety of intercourse and intimate contact companions. 
  • Avoiding venues the place folks put on minimal clothes and the place there’s direct skin-to-skin contact.  
  • Occasions the place attendees are absolutely clothed and unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer. Nevertheless, attendees ought to be aware of actions (like kissing) that may unfold monkeypox. 
  • Condoms might provide partial safety as a result of they assist stop skin-to pores and skin contact, notably if there are sores or rashes on the genitals or anus  
  • Discuss to your accomplice about new or unexplained sores or rashes in your physique or your accomplice’s physique, together with rashes on the genitals and anus, and different signs and comply with up together with your supplier when you suspect monkeypox or have questions. 

Assist us unfold the phrase

With vaccine now extra accessible, we’d like your assist getting the phrase out to our neighborhood. Please share these social media graphics about eligibility growth.

For extra details about monkeypox and monkeypox vaccine, go to 

Initially posted 10/7/2022.

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