Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine Expands; Austin Public Health Reaches Milestone of 4,000 Vaccines Administered | AustinTexas.gov

Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine Expands; Austin Public Health Reaches Milestone of 4,000 Vaccines Administered

“These vaccines have been critical in reducing the spread of monkeypox here in our community and protecting people from the severe pain the virus can cause,” said Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “We encourage anyone who believes they may be at risk to .”  

APH began administering its first doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine in late June and early July to eligible populations following criteria set by the Texas Department of State Health Services and CDC. As those criteria have expanded, more people at risk for severe symptoms from monkeypox are now eligible to receive a vaccine.  

“I admire the efforts of staff who have worked long hours to make sure this resource is available to those in need,” said APH Director Adrienne Sturrup. “This work is invaluable when you account for its impact on these patients’ lives.”   

Jynneos vaccines are also available through several of APH’s community partners. APH has allocated 3,974 vials of the vaccine to these partners to expand vaccine availability. These partners also provide health care services, including PrEP for HIV.  

Austin-Travis County confirmed its first female case of monkeypox last week, adding to the total of 62 female cases reported in Texas. Prevention strategies are important to follow as anyone can get monkeypox regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. 

The public is urged to follow precautions as monkeypox cases rise in the community. Protective measures include: