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AHB to Hold Monkeypox Vaccination Clinics on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 | WDIY Local News

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The Allentown Health Bureau will be holding two monkeypox vaccination clinics, including one this week. WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky has more.

The Allentown Health Bureau says it will administer a limited supply of the two-dose Jynneos monkeypox vaccine on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, from 4-6 p.m. both days.

The clinics are offering 30 appointments per day, for a total of 60 first-dose monkeypox vaccines. The second dose will be scheduled at the time a person receives their first vaccine.

Eligible individuals must be gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, and/or transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary persons who are age 18 or older who have had multiple (2+) or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days.

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have knowledge or suspicion that they may have been exposed to monkeypox or another STI in the past 14 days
  • Have had any newly diagnosed STI in the past three months, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, early syphilis, or HIV
  • Have attended an event, met sex partner(s) through online apps or social media, or exchanged money, goods or services for sex
  • Have a condition that may increase their risk for severe disease if infected with monkeypox such as HIV or another condition that weakens their immune system, or they have a history of atopic dermatitis or eczema
  • Be on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Be sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity

Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Allentown Health Bureau at 610-437-7760 ext. 0.
Once all appointment slots are filled, names will be added to a waiting list for future availability.

(Original air-date: 8/24/22)

Sarit "Siri" Laschinsky is WDIY's News and Public Affairs Director.
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