First and second doses of the mpox vaccine are being administered at OCHS Provincetown only. Click here for more information from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health
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
If you are eligible for a vaccine and/or have been exposed to mpox and wish to be vaccinated in Provincetown, contact Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) at 774-538-3350. If you are not a current OCHS patient and you are seeking the mpox vaccine with us, you must first complete and email our Patient Registration Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate that you are seeking the mpox vaccine in your email.
How is mpox spread? Mpox 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 mpox is not a traditional sexually-transmitted infection, it appears that it can be transmitted through prolonged physical contact through sexual intimacy and even prolonged kissing. Several individuals diagnosed with mpox engaged in sex with new partners so that 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 mpox symptoms, especially if you have a rash, please consult your medical provider.
Resources on mypox prevention, symptoms, and treatment: