Public Health to Offer Monkeypox Vaccine to At-Risk Groups

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County will be providing Monkeypox vaccinations to Ohio residents who are most at-risk of contracting Monkeypox.

Due to the limited number of doses of the Jynneos vaccine available nationwide, the Ohio Department of Health is providing a limited amount of vaccine to individual counties across the State for their use.

Vaccination Eligibility

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is currently focusing on vaccinating those Ohio residents 18 years of age or older, at highest risk of getting Monkeypox, including those who fall into the following categories:

1) Men who have sex with men, or any male identified gender diverse people who, in the last 2 weeks, have had:

  • multiple sexual partners
  • anonymous sexual partners
  • attended a sex party

2) Persons of any gender or sexual orientation who exchange sex for money, shelter, food, and/or other goods or needs.

MonkeyPox Vaccination Waitlist
If an individual is part of the above categories, they can register for the Monkeypox Vaccination Waitlist HERE or visit to register. As vaccine continues to become available, individuals will be contacted by Public Health to schedule an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, located in the Reibold Building, 117 S. Main St. Dayton, Ohio.

Criteria for vaccination may change as vaccine supply increases.

If you do not have access to the internet, need an interpreter, or other assistance you may call (937) 225-5700.

Close Contacts of Cases
In addition to the above outlined risk-based vaccination effort, close contacts of individuals with Monkeypox are being notified by Public Health and monitored for symptoms. Some close contacts may be eligible for vaccination to help prevent Monkeypox or decrease symptoms, this supply of vaccine is in addition to what is available for the at-risk vaccination program.

About Monkeypox
Monkeypox is a viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash. Cases recently identified across the country appear less likely to have the initial symptoms of flu-like illness or lymph node swelling and the rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, may also stay contained to a particular part of the body.

Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids is another way monkeypox spreads. It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others and the risk to the public is low at this time.

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. In some case, a medication may be available to treat those who have contracted Monkeypox.

For more information about Monkeypox visit the CDC’s website.

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