The Long Beach Health Department has administered nearly 3,000 monkeypox vaccines

As of Monday, August 22, 2,847 doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been administered in Long Beach, in an effort to slow the spread of monkeypox.

Of the 2,847 doses administered in Long Beach, 1,943 were administered by the city’s Department of Health and Human Services.

The city of Long Beach reported its first suspected case of monkeypox on July 16.

As of August 23, 66 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in Long Beach.

The city has created an online portal where eligible people can register to receive the Jynneos vaccine, which provides protection against monkeypox. The city recently switched from using an online portal to receive a Jynneos vaccine to the MyTurn system, which has been used to register for the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the pandemic.

Only people pre-registered on the city’s old system can register for a Jynneos vaccine until August 26. From August 27, additional appointment slots will be open for people who have not pre-registered.

The list of eligibility criteria to receive the Jynneos vaccine was recently expanded and now includes:

  • (New) Gay or bisexual men and transgender people who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (eg, kissing, hugging) with people in large venues or events in the past 14 days)
  • (New) People of any gender or sexual orientation who have had commercial and/or transactional sex in the last 14 days (for example, sex in exchange for money, accommodation, food and other goods or needs)
  • People who have been exposed to someone with confirmed monkeypox and have no symptoms.
  • People who attended an event/place where there was a high risk of exposure to someone with confirmed monkeypox.
  • Gay or bisexual men and transgender people on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
  • Gay or bisexual men and transgender people who have attended saunas, bathhouses, sex clubs, tours or sex parties where they have had sex anonymously or with multiple partners.
  • Gay or bisexual men and transgender people diagnosed with gonorrhea or early syphilis in the last 12 months.
  • Gay or bisexual men and transgender people aged 18 and over who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the past 14 days, including survival and/or transactional sex (for example, sex in exchange shelter, food and other goods and needs).
  • Immunocompromised residents, including those with advanced or uncontrolled HIV, who may be at high risk for serious illness.

Although monkeypox has had a disproportionate impact on members of the LGBTQ+ community, anyone can contract the disease, regardless of sexual orientation.

According to a city statement, most local and national cases are contracted through skin-to-skin contact.

The risk of exposure to monkeypox may increase during any type of sexual or intimate contact with multiple or anonymous partners (including hugging or kissing), at an event or in an area where there is contact skin-to-skin with multiple people, and while frequenting places such as clubs, saunas, bathhouses, sex parties, and curcuit parties where there is skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact with multiple people, especially if those present wear minimal clothing, according to the Ministry of Health.

People with possible symptoms of monkeypox should call their health care provider. This includes people who have:

  • Traveled to an area where cases or exposures to monkeypox have been reported.
  • Has been in contact with someone who has a similar rash or has been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected monkeypox.
  • Having had close or intimate in-person contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, this includes men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital app, or social event.
  • Having been in contact with a dead or alive wild animal or pet belonging to an endemic African species or having used a product derived from these animals.

Those without health insurance who are showing symptoms can contact the city’s public health information line at 562-570-7907 for help.

Monkeypox usually resolves in two to four weeks, but more severe cases are possible.

Monkeypox is contagious and those infected should self-isolate until they recover. For more information and to track the city’s response to monkeypox, visit https://longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/monkeypox/.

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