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Current vaccine eligibility

Vaccines are in scarce supply in King County. King County is prioritizing the available vaccines for people at highest risk. 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.

The vaccine priority criteria may evolve with changes in the outbreak and vaccine supply.

If you are eligible for vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a provider or health insurance, you can contact Public Health’s Access and Outreach program, 1-800-756-5437 to be connected to a medical provider.

The Sexual Health Clinic is also vaccinating people who are eligible for vaccine. Contact Public Health’s Public Information Call Center at 206-477-3977 to check availability and eligibility.

Current allocation and distribution

Public Health is working to distribute vaccine quickly and equitably. Public is using multiple strategies to reach people at highest risk of recent exposure. This includes distributing vaccine to healthcare providers and clinics that routinely provide care to people at high risk of exposure. We are also partnering with community based organizations, healthcare providers and businesses reach people who may have less access.

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

By the numbers:
Doses from Washington State Department of Health

Doses received by PHSKC 9,160
Doses distributed to healthcare providers 7,770
Number of unique providers receiving vaccines 16
Doses pending distribution* 1,390
Doses to be received in next shipment TBD
*A number of doses (approx. 100) are held in reserves for post exposure prophylaxis.

Data as of 8/12/2022 and updated weekly on Fridays. For additional information on vaccine allocation and distribution check the Public Health Insider blog

About the vaccine

Monkeypox vaccine may help 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.
  • Read the CDC's Vaccine Information Statement, "Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine (JYNNEOS™): What You Need to Know" (PDF)

Please check back on this page for vaccine updates.

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