Health District expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility

Only one case reported in Clark County last week
A vial of blood that tested positive for monkeypox
Monkeypox Photo credit jarun011/Getty Images

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The Southern Nevada Health District has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine to additional individuals who are at risk for exposure. Current eligibility to receive the vaccine includes:

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Those who had close physical contact within the past 14 days with someone known or suspected of having monkeypox. This includes:
- Those who know or suspect their sexual partner(s) of having monkeypox.
- Those who live in the same household as someone they know or suspect of having monkeypox.

Those who have been informed by the Health District they are a close contact of someone with monkeypox.

Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, and transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary individuals who:
- Have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 12 months.
- Have HIV or a history of a sexually transmitted infection in the last 12 months.

Those who are any gender identity or sexual orientation who:
- Are sex workers.
- Had sex at a commercial sex venue or in association with a large public event.

Those who are any gender identity or sexual orientation who:
- Are a sex partner of anyone in the currently eligible groups.
- Anticipates experiencing any of the identified risks.

Those who have received their first dose of the vaccine are eligible for the second dose, even if they do not meet any of the current criteria.

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