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Mpox vaccine

Who should get vaccinated

Public Health recommends the following people receive mpox vaccine:

  • Individuals who have had skin to skin or other close contact with someone with mpox.
  • Men or transgender individuals who have sex with men or transgender individuals.
  • Individuals who engage in commercial and/or transactional sex (for example, sex in exchange for money, shelter, food, or other goods or needs).

Individuals who request vaccination can receive it without having to disclose information on personal risk. Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status. Health officials do not currently recommend vaccination for members of the general public who are not at high risk of exposure to mpox.

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. Call the Sexual Health Clinic at 206-744-3590 to check availability.

Additional clinics

  • Country Doctor Community Health Centers
    • Vaccinations available for current and new patients by appointment
    • Address: 500 19th Avenue E, Seattle 98112
    • Phone: 206-299-1600
  • Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center
    • Vaccinations available to current and new patients by appointment
    • Address: 2101 E Yesler Way, Seattle 98122
    • Phone: 206-299-1600
  • Kelley-Ross Capitol Hill Pharmacy
    • Vaccinations available to current and new patients by appointment or walk-in
    • Address: Located inside the Seattle LGBTQ+ Center (formerly known as Gay City), 400 E Pine St, #100B, Seattle 98122
    • Phone: 206-641-7766
  • Kelley-Ross Pharmacy at 7th & Madison (formerly the Polyclinic Madison)
    • Vaccinations available to current and new patients by appointment or walk-in
    • Address: 904 7th Ave, #103, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Phone: 206-641-7766
  • Seattle Infectious Disease Clinic
    • Vaccine available by appointment only
    • Address: 509 Olive Way Ste 752 Seattle WA 98101
    • Phone: 206-682-3444

Second doses of mpox vaccine

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.

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.

Current vaccine distribution

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.

About the vaccine

Mpox 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 mpox. 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"