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Health Department Announces New Details of Monkeypox Strategy

The Health Department will release over 8,000 additional first dose appointments over the next two weeks
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The Health Department has announced plans for the next doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine. Approximately 14,500 doses arrived this week from the federal government, they will admister these doses at mass vaccination sites. The JYNNEOS™ vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of monkeypox in people ages 18 and older.  The vaccine is given as two doses, at least four weeks apart.

Appointment availability

Appointments will be scheduled out over the next two weeks. 4,000 additional doses will be made available through referrals from community partner organizations serving highest-risk patients.

Appointments at this time are for first doses only, and the Health Department will reach out to those with their first dose when it is time to make their second dose appointment.

Appointments will be made available on the City’s vaccine portal: on Friday, July 15 at 6 p.m.

Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said “we will continue to work to meet the needs of New Yorkers at high risk of monkeypox transmission and severe disease. We expect this release of appointments will go quickly given the demand we have seen and are working with our federal partners to acquire more doses as quickly as possible."

Clinic sites

In addition to the existing monkeypox vaccine clinics located at the Department’s Chelsea, Central Harlem, and Corona Sexual Health Clinic sites, a new clinic will open at:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt site (165 Vanderbilt Avenue on Staten Island).

This Sunday, three mass vaccinations sites will open for appointments at:

  • Aviation High School (45-30 36th Street in Queens),
  • Bushwick Education (440 Irving Avenue in Brooklyn) and,
  • Bronx High School of Science (75 W 205th Street in the Bronx).

These three mass vaccinations sites will be open for appointments only on Sunday, July 17. The remaining doses are being reserved for contacts of known cases identified through Health Department contact tracing. The City hopes and has asked the federal government to be allowed to continue prioritizing first doses while supply is limited.

New Yorkers can now also sign up for text notifications to receive alerts about monkeypox in NYC, including appointment releases, by texting MONKEYPOX to 692692 or MONKEYPOXESP for alerts in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply.