L.A. Public Health expands MPX vaccination eligibility

L.A. Public Health expands MPX vaccination eligibility
Vaccination for booster shot for Smallpox Monkeypox MPXV . Doctor with vial of roses vaccine for Monkeypox disease. Photo credit Getty Images

Los Angeles (KNX) - New MPX cases have declined since peaking in August, but people are still contracting the virus with confirmed cases in L.A. County reaching 2,023 as of Sept. 29.

In order to accommodate more at risk individuals, the County Of Los Angeles Public Health has expanded eligibility for the MPX vaccine, according to a statement released Thursday.

The changes were implemented to align with the CDC's recent expansion to include those with high risk for 'potential exposure.'

The release shared a list of qualifying criteria for residents entitled to MPX vaccines -

Those who self-attest to being in the following groups:

- Gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men or transgender people who have sex with men or other transgender people
- Persons of any gender or sexual orientation who engage in commercial and/or transactional sex
- Persons living with HIV, especially persons with uncontrolled or advanced HIV disease
- Persons who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with someone with suspected or confirmed MPX, including those who have not yet been confirmed by Public Health
- (NEW) Sexual partners of people in any of the above groups
- (NEW) People who anticipate being in any of the above groups

The MPX vaccine is also available for individuals who may be exposed to orthopoxviruses on the job, including:

- Research laboratory personnel working with orthopoxviruses
- Clinical laboratory personnel performing diagnostic testing for orthopoxviruses
-Designated public health response team members
- Health care personnel who administer ACAM2000 (Smallpox [Vaccinia] Vaccine)
- Designated health care workers who care for persons with suspected or confirmed orthopoxvirus infections, including clinicians and environmental services personnel

Prior qualifying criteria still apply -

Gay or bisexual men or transgender people who:

- Had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days
- Had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with persons at venues or events in the past 14 days
- Had a history of early syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 monthsAre on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners in the past 21 days in a commercial sex venue or other venue.

Those who are eligible can go to a Public vaccinating site or visit Myturn.ca.gov to find other vaccinating sites.

Individuals who have MPX symptoms should not go to the vaccination clinics or walk-up sites. For more information, please click here.

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