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

Who can currently get vaccine (updated August 26, 2022)

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.
  • Gay, bisexual, or other men or transgender people who have sex with men AND at least one of the following:
    • Multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 3 months
    • Have had syphilis or gonorrhea in the prior year
    • Have used methamphetamine in the last 3 months
    • Attended a bathhouse, public sex venue, or group sex (sex including at least 3 people at the same time) in the last 3 months
    • Experiencing homelessness/unstable housing (including living in a shelter, car, group/congregate setting; living with friends or relatives; couch surfing) in the last 3 months
    • Being incarcerated currently or in the last 3 months
    • Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, Asian, Indigenous, or American Indian/Alaska Native.
  • Sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Health officials do not currently recommend vaccination for members of the general public who are not at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox.

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

Options 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 at Harborview 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.
  • Limited Supply of monkeypox vaccine is available at Sea Mar Community Health Centers
  • Public Health is also facilitating community vaccination events by partnering with healthcare providers and community organizations to reach people at highest risk.

The supply of monkeypox vaccine is unpredictable. Unfortunately, King County and other local jurisdictions cannot get a guaranteed amount of vaccine delivered each week. With the available vaccine, the highest priority is getting a first dose to people who are at the highest risk. Public Health is trying to balance access to first doses with also providing second doses when people become eligible.

As of August 23, 2022, we can start to provide second doses for those who received their first dose at least four weeks ago. Public Health continues to assess vaccine supply on a week-to-week basis. As we get more vaccine, we will provide updates about locations and options for second doses.

When should I get the second dose?

Get the second dose of the two-dose vaccine at least four weeks after the first dose. Do not try to get a second dose early, as this may result in decreased effectiveness of the vaccine.

You will start to build protection in the days and weeks after your first dose, but the vaccine won’t have its full effect until approximately two weeks after the second dose.

This is an emerging outbreak, so we don’t yet know how much protection the vaccine can give. Please consider other recommendations, including decreasing the number of sex and intimate contact partners to protect yourself from monkeypox even if fully vaccinated.

Can I get my second dose now for monkeypox vaccine?

Some second doses will be available the week of August 22. If you have received the first dose at the Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview or at a healthcare provider location in King County at least four weeks ago, they may contact you about a second dose. If it has been more than 28 days since your first dose, you can also call your provider, or the King County Call Center at 206-477-3977, to see if doses are available.

If I received my first dose at a community vaccination event, am I able to get a second dose at the Sexual Health Clinic or another private provider?

Yes, if you received the first dose at a community event more than 28 days ago, you may receive a second dose at the Sexual health Clinic at Harborview or another private provider if vaccines are available.

Public Health is planning for future community vaccination events to provide second doses as we receive more vaccine. Our first priority continues to be getting at least one dose to people at highest risk. We will continue to update this website as we get more information about vaccine supply.

Public Health is working to distribute vaccine quickly and equitably. The health department is using multiple strategies to reach people at highest risk of recent exposure. This includes:

  • Getting vaccine to healthcare providers and clinics that routinely provide care to people at high risk of exposure.
  • Partnering with community-based organizations, healthcare providers, and businesses to reach people who may have less access.

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

By the numbers:
Vials from Washington State Department of Health

Vials received by PHSKC 13,140
Vials distributed to healthcare providers 12,482
Number of unique providers receiving vaccines 48
Vials pending distribution* 989
Vials to be received in next shipment TBD
*A number of vials (approx. 100) are held in reserves for post exposure prophylaxis.

Data as of 9/0/2022 and updated weekly on Fridays. For additional information on vaccine allocation and distribution check the Public Health Insider blog

Monkeypox vaccine may help prevent disease or make it less severe.

  • CDC recommends that people get the vaccine within 4 days of being exposed for the best chance of preventing monkeypox. If vaccine is given within a couple weeks of exposure, it can still help reduce 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)

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