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