Monkeypox Information

Schedule a Jynneos vaccine appointment to prevent Monkeypox (MPX Virus):

RCDOH, 50 Sanatorium Road, Building A, Pomona, NY.

  • Make first dose appointment Here.
  • Make second dose appointment Here.

Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center, 110 Bethune Blvd., Spring Valley, NY.

  • Make first dose appointment Here.
  • Make second dose appointment Here.

Rockland County Department of Health is offering Jynneos vaccine clinics to prevent the spread of Monkeypox Virus (MPX Virus). Individuals who meet current New York State Jynneos vaccine requirements may register online using the above links or walk-in. Current New York State Jynneos vaccine requirements include: 

  • Individuals with recent exposure to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case within the past 14 days. 
  • Those at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where monkeypox is spreading. 
  • Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party. 
  • Any individual that may be at risk of future exposure to infection with monkeypox, even though they are not at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox. 

Vaccination with Jynneos is free. Please bring a photo ID with you and, if you have one, an health insurance card to your appointment. For assistance registering for the clinics above please call 845-238-1956.

If you would like to schedule a Jynneos vaccine appointment during one of our Sexual Health clinics, please email monkeypox@co.rockland.ny.us with your name and phone number. One of our staff members will give you a call to review the New York State criteria for vaccination against Monkeypox and to schedule an appointment. Our phone numbers have an 845 area code.

For more information about the Jynneos vaccine and Monkeypox Virus please explore the information below or email monkeypox@co.rockland.ny.us

Important information

  • An outbreak of monkeypox is spreading across several countries that do not normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • The monkeypox virus is mostly spreading through close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox. At this time, the risk to the general population is low.
  • The following groups should be extra watchful and reach out to their health care provider if they develop symptoms of monkeypox:
    • People who have had contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox, or
    • Men who regularly have close or physical contact with other men, including men who meet partners through online websites, digital applications (“apps”), or at bars or parties.
    • People who have traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox during the month before their symptoms began.
  • Vaccination is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk and would like to get the vaccine, contact:
    • Rockland County Department of Health:  845-364-2992 / 845-364-2139 or email monkeypox@co.rockland.ny.us.  If you email us, please provide us with your phone number and one of our staff members will give you a call to review the New York State criteria for vaccination against Monkeypox and to schedule an appointment. Our phone numbers have an 845 area code.  
    •  The Jacobs Family Pride Wellness Center of Montefiore Nyack Hospital may be able to assist you and they can be reached at: 845-348-7284

  • If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you do not think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.

What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can spread from animals to humans, and between people.

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What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Symptoms of monkeypox usually include a rash, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, very bad headache, muscle aches, back pain, and low energy. The rash usually begins within one to three days of the start of a fever. Lesions (rash) can be flat or slightly raised, filled with clear or yellowish fluid, and can then crust, dry up, and fall off. Monkeypox rashes can look like some sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and syphilis.


How does monkeypox spread from person to person?
People with monkeypox can spread the disease while they have symptoms. Symptoms last between two and four weeks. You can get monkeypox through close physical contact with someone who has symptoms. The rash, bodily fluids (such as pus or blood), and scabs are very infectious. Clothing, bedding, towels, and other shared objects like eating utensils/dishes that have the virus on it can also make others sick. People who are very physically close to someone who has monkeypox, such as health care workers, household members, and intimate partners are at greater risk for infection.


Is monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection?
Monkeypox is not only transmitted sexually, anyone who has close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. However, during this current outbreak, all monkeypox cases in Rockland County have been spread through sex. If you or a recent partner (from the last 21 days) have been exposed or have symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider (remind them monkeypox is circulating). Also, cover your rash/sores, wear a mask, and avoid close contact with others.


Who should get the vaccine for monkeypox?
The two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk may consider vaccination. Rockland count offers the vacccine to the following:

  • Gay/bisexual men or transgender people who are sexually active with more than one partner

  • Anyone who is at high risk of monkeypox exposure This includes but is not limited to people who:

    • Are HIV positive or receive medicines to prevent HIV infection (PrEP)
    • Are experiencing homelessness
    • Use IV drugs
    • Give or receive money or other goods in exchange for sex
    • Have significant, skin-to-skin contact with others in a social or sexual venue
    • Work at establishments where sexual or intimate activity occurs (e.g., bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs, hotels)
    • Clinicians or laboratory staff who are at high risk of occupational exposure
    • Anyone who has been determined to be at high risk by a healthcare provider or public health official

If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk and would like to get the vaccine, contact:

 

    • Rockland County Department of Health: 845-364-2992 / 845-364-2139 or email monkeypox@co.rockland.ny.us. If you email us, please provide us with your phone number and one of our staff members will give you a call to review the New York State criteria for vaccination against Monkeypox and to schedule an appointment. Our phone numbers have an 845 area code.
    • Montefiore Nyack Pride Wellness Center: 845-348-7284 or visit https://www.montefiorenyack.org/pride-wellness-center

 

Where can I get more information about Monkeypox?

Resources for individuals:

CDC Monkeypox FAQ Sheet
New York State what to know

Resources for providers:

CDC what healthcare providers should know 
New York State Monkeypox for healthcare providers

Resources for institutions: