Monkeypox is continuing to spread within New York State; the Department of Health is updating New Yorkers on its strategic response to the current outbreak.
Working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the NYDOH released vaccine eligibility for the initial doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine from the Federal Government. With this being prioritized for those in the highest level of needs.
“From the start, the Department launched a swift, coordinated response to address the monkeypox outbreak in New York,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “Now that we have received an initial batch of the JYNNEOS vaccine for community distribution, we will get this limited supply to those who are most at risk, while advocating for more. As we expand our public education efforts, we will continue to provide the infrastructure, guidance, and resources for local county health departments, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations statewide, so together, we can protect our communities against monkeypox and mitigate spread.”
Those who are eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine are:
- Those with recent exposure in the past 14 days to monkeypox
- Those for high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox.
- Individuals who have skin to skin contact in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity.
New Yorkers with known exposure to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case in the past 14 days should work with a healthcare provider or their local county health department to determine eligibility for the JYNNEOS vaccine.
You can learn more about monkeypox HERE.