Montgomery County Health Officials Expand Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccination

by Patrick Herron

In addition to those with a confirmed or possible recent exposure to the MPX virus, the County is now offering vaccinations to the following:

  • Persons of any gender or sexual orientation, with multiple or unknown sexual partners.
  • Priority will be given to those considered higher risk, including gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, as well as immunocompromised individuals.

An online preregistration survey is available on the County’s monkeypox website.  Individuals who preregister and meet the eligibility guidelines will be contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment.  As a result of the expanded eligibility guidelines, residents who were already preregistered and are now eligible will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

The County has also begun offering public and private health care providers an opportunity to receive monkeypox vaccine.

The monkeypox website also includes information about symptoms and how to prevent MPX.

As of Friday, Sept. 16, Maryland has had 609 confirmed cases of MPX and there have been 74 confirmed cases in Montgomery County.

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