New York State Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility


ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Department of Health will distribute more than 15,000 doses of Monkeypox to eligible New Yorkers.

The vaccines will also now be made available to all individuals at risk of becoming infected. This includes people with recent exposure to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case within the past 14 days.

“By expanding eligibility, we are hopeful that many more New Yorkers will get immunized and prevent further transmission.” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “This distribution plan, and the eligibility expansion, will enable us to get the vaccine to more individuals across the state before they are exposed.”

The state says that prior to the expansion, eligibility was limited to those who were likely exposed.

People with a known exposure to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case in the past 14 days should work directly with their local health department (LHD) and healthcare provider to discuss obtaining the JYNNEOS vaccine as quickly as possible.


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