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Monkeypox Resource Information

Pox Viruses, Illustration

With limited supply, the monkeypox vaccine is available to individuals who live or work in Massachusetts, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The vaccine is being prioritized for individuals at greatest risk of exposure to someone with Monkeypox. 

First and second doses of monkeypox are being administered intradermally per CDC and Mass. Department of Health directives. Click here for more information from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Click here for other sites offering the Monkeypox vaccine in Massachusetts.

Vaccinations are available to individuals who are most at risk of exposure to an individual with confirmed monkeypox. This includes:

  • Known contacts identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing, and risk exposure assessments (this may include sexual partners, household contacts, and healthcare workers); as well as:
  • Presumed contacts who meet the following criteria:
    • Know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox
    • Had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in a jurisdiction with known monkeypox

For more information on the JYNNEOS Monkyepox vaccine and eligibility, click here.

If you are eligible for a vaccine and/or have been exposed to Monkeypox and wish to be vaccinated in Provincetown, contact Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) at 508-905-2888. If you are not a current OCHS patient and you are seeking the Monkeypox vaccine with us, you must first complete and email our Patient Registration Form to ochsrecords@outercape.org. Please indicate that you are seeking the monkeypox vaccine in your email.

How is monkeypox spread? Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on the body of someone who has monkeypox, or with direct contact with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens. It may also spread through respiratory secretions when people have close, face-to-face contact.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.” While monkeypox is not a traditional sexually-transmitted infection, it appears that it can be transmitted through prolonged physical contact, such as through sexual intimacy and even prolonged kissing. Several individuals diagnosed with monkeypox engaged in sex with new partners, so they may have contracted monkeypox through sexual behavior.

If you do not feel well, it is best to stay home. If you have any specific Monkeypox symptoms, and especially if you have a rash, please consult your medical provider.

Resources on Monkeypox prevention, symptoms, and treatment:

Click here for information from the CDC

Click here for information from the town of Provincetown

Click here for information from Barnstable County