Boston, Massachusetts 2022-07-07 11:13:02 –
Boston (WHDH)-Massachusetts residents concerned about the risk of monkeypox are now vaccinated against the disease in several places.
The state was assigned 2,004 doses of vaccine to the federal government on July 5. More vaccines will be given in the coming weeks.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has published a list of CDC eligibility requirements for vaccination with the FDA-approved JYNNEOS vaccine for both smallpox and monkeypox. These include:
-Known contacts identified by public health through case studies, contact tracking, and risk exposure assessments, which may include sexual partners, home contacts, and health care workers.Even if
-Estimated contacts who know that a sexual partner has been diagnosed with monkeypox in the last 14 days, or that there have been multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days in a jurisdiction with a known monkeypox case.
Those who meet these eligibility criteria can only be vaccinated by appointment at the following locations:
-Boston’s Fenway Health: Call 617-927-6060 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
-Massachusetts General Hospital Sexual Health Clinic, Boston: Monday-Friday 9 am-5pm, you can book by calling 617-726-2748.
-Boston Medical Center Infectious Diseases Clinic, Boston: You can book by calling 617-414-4290 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
-Provincial Town Outer Cape Cod Health Services: Call 508-905-2888 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Vaccine supply is limited and its use is currently restricted to patients at highest risk.
All vaccination courses require two doses at 28-day intervals. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second vaccination.
Currently, monkeypox has been identified 29 times in Massachusetts, the sixth highest number in the country. New York has the most cases with 122 cases.
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