The New York City Health Department reports today that 30 people in New York City have tested positive for orthopoxvirus. All cases are likely monkeypox.
Most of these people have had mild illness, have not been hospitalized and have recovered on their own. Even with mild illness, the rash and sores from monkeypox can be itchy and painful.
Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure.
Eligible New Yorkers who may have been recently exposed to monkeypox can get the JYNNEOSTM vaccine. This vaccine has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of monkeypox in people ages 18 and older.
Getting vaccinated after a recent exposure reduces the chance of you getting monkeypox, and it can reduce symptoms if you do get it. You must take two doses of the vaccine, four weeks apart.
Gay, bisexual and other men (ages 18 and older) who have sex with men and have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status.
You should especially consider getting vaccinated if:
- Your partners are showing symptoms of monkeypox, such as a rash or sores.
- You met recent partners through online applications or social media platforms (such as Grinder, Tinder or Scruff), or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas or other large gatherings.
Note: People who have a fever, rash or sores that may be monkeypox cannot get vaccinated. Instead, they should separate from others and contact a health care provider.
How to Get Vaccinated
Vaccination is available only at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic (303 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan). The clinic is available for monkeypox vaccinations on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended, but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted.
If you are eligible to be vaccinated, you can make an appointment online.
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