Vaccination Strategies

The monkeypox vaccine JYNNEOS is available for certain individuals. In order to avoid stigma and to reach a broader population of people who could benefit from vaccination, gender identities and sexual behaviors are no longer part of the eligibility criteria.

Contacts of people with presumptive or confirmed monkeypox should be vaccinated as soon as possible (within 14 days) after last exposure. Vaccination 0 to 4 days after exposure may prevent illness, while vaccination 5 to 14 days after exposure may reduce illness severity or duration.

The following individuals are eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine in Oregon:

  • Anyone who has been identified by public health as a contact of someone with monkeypox
  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone with monkeypox
  • Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing
  • Clinicians who have had a high-risk occupational exposure (e.g., examined monkeypox lesions or collected monkeypox specimens without using recommended personal protective equipment)
  • Anyone who anticipates having or has had recent direct skin-to-skin contact with at least one other person AND who knows other people in their social circles or communities who have had monkeypox

If you believe you were exposed to someone with monkeypox, please reach out to your primary care provider and they will determine if you are a candidate for vaccination. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call us at 503-434-7483.