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Current vaccine eligibility

Vaccination supply is currently prioritized for:

  • People who have had sexual, close intimate contact or other high risk close contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox.
  • People at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox, including men who have sex with men who have recently had multiple sexual or intimate close contact partners including:
    • Gay, bisexual, or other men or transgender people who have sex with men AND
    • At least one of the following:
      • More than 10 sex partners in the prior 3 months
      • History of early syphilis or gonorrhea in the prior year
      • Methamphetamine use in the prior month
      • Attendance at a bathhouse, other public sex venue, or group sex (sex including at least 3 people at the same time) in the prior 3 months
      • Experiencing homelessness/unstable housing AND currently living in a congregate setting AND had any sexual activity in the prior 3 months.

Vaccination is not currently recommended for members of the general public who are not at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox.

Public Health has worked with providers and the community to identify these initial criteria to help reach people who are at highest risk for recent exposure. Criteria may shift with additional provider and community input and depending on vaccine supply.

Current allocation and distribution

To date, Public Health has received 9160 monkeypox doses (including 4440 that arrived Friday 8/5). The 4720 we received prior to 8/5 have already been completely distributed to reach people at highest risk including 500 doses for an event this weekend to reach high risk people who are unable to get vaccinated during the week. We are currently receiving these new 4440 doses at our warehouse and determining allocation, including to the Sexual Health Clinic, which will re-open on Monday. Some doses are being reserved for use as post-exposure prophylaxis. The distribution metrics "by the numbers" was updated before we received this latest shipment of 4440 doses.

We will continue to provide updates here when we receive more vaccine supply.

By the numbers:
Doses from Washington State Department of Health

Doses received by PHSKC 4,720
Doses distributed to healthcare providers 4,550
Number of unique providers receiving vaccines 15
Doses pending distribution* 170
Doses to be received in next shipment 4,400
*A number of doses (approx. 100) are held in reserves for post exposure prophylaxis.

Data as of 8/4/2022 and updated weekly on Fridays

About the vaccine

Monkeypox vaccine can help to prevent disease or make it less severe.

  • It can take up to three weeks after being exposed to the virus before symptoms begin.
  • CDC recommends that the vaccine be given within 4 days from the date of exposure for the best chance to prevent monkeypox. Vaccine can still be helpful within a couple of weeks of exposure at reducing the severity of symptoms but may not prevent onset of disease.
  • Vaccination is not currently recommended for the general public who are not at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox.
  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed. This includes having sexual or close intimate contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox.
  • Read the CDC's Vaccine Information Statement, "Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine (JYNNEOS™): What You Need to Know" (PDF)


Public Health is working to distribute vaccine quickly and equitably.

  • With these limited doses, Public Health is distributing vaccine to health care providers who routinely provide care to people at high risk of exposure.
  • This approach aims to help slow the spread of the disease, particularly for people who may have been exposed but may not have symptoms yet.

Please check back on this page for vaccine updates.

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