Monkeypox vaccine offered on Peninsula

The Jynneos vaccine against MPV, also known as monkeypox, is available for those at high risk of the disease on the North Olympic Peninsula.

“We have an adequate supply of vaccine right now,” said Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties.

“We are encouraging folks who may not quite meet the criteria to sign up for the waitlists because we often go through our waitlists.”

Jynneos vaccine eligibility includes individuals who have had significant exposure to MPV, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who meet one of the following criteria:

• Have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last three months.

• Have attended a bathhouse, circuit party or public sex venue in the last three months.

• Have had syphilis or gonorrhea in the past year.

• Have exchanged sex for drugs or money in the past three months.

• Have experienced homelessness or incarceration in the past three months.

• Have used methamphetamine in the prior three months.

• Belong to a historically marginalized racial minority.

Berry said health departments are “starting to be able to expand our criteria now too, to be available to anyone who has had multiple partners in the last few months regardless of sexuality and gender identity and anyone who has had an STI in the last few months.”

Clallam County residents at high risk for infection of MPV, known as monkeypox, may now get on the list for the Jynneos vaccine by using an online form at tinyurl.com/MPVClallam, or by calling 360-417-2274.

People who are interested in the vaccine but are not currently eligible can also fill out the form and request to be placed on a waitlist.

Health officials will offer the vaccine during Wednesday clinics in the Port Angeles office. A public health nurse will communicate with those who are currently eligible.

Jefferson County residents can get on the list for the Jynneos vaccine by using an online form at https://tinyurl.com/mpvvaccine jeffco or calling 360-385-9400.

The vaccine is offered through Jefferson County Public Health as it becomes available and a public health official will reach out to those who are currently eligible.

More information about the Jynneos vaccine is available at cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/interim-considerations/jynneos-vaccine.html.

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