If you think you may have been exposed, or if you have symptoms of monkeypox, avoid others (including pets) and call UHS at 734-764-8320 right away for evaluation and testing.
Monkeypox (MPV) vaccine basics
- Monkeypox vaccine can be an effective tool to help prevent disease before exposure or make it less severe after exposure.
- Vaccine supplies are currently very limited in Michigan. Because of this, vaccines are prioritized for those who have been exposed, as well as those who meet certain priority criteria.
- JYNNEOS is the main vaccine being distributed. It is a two-dose vaccine, with typically four weeks between the first and second doses. Protection starts to build in the days and weeks after the first dose and you are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after the second dose. At our vaccine clinic, we are administering the second dose at least 28 days after the first dose.
- The CDC recommends that the vaccine be given within 4 days from the date of a confirmed exposure for the best chance to prevent disease. If given between 4 and 14 days after exposure, vaccination may reduce symptoms but may not prevent disease. Vaccines are not available to those who have already been diagnosed with MPV.
- Monkeypox vaccine can also be used to help prevent disease before exposure ("PrEP"). Currently, due to a limited supply, the vaccine is only available locally to those who have been exposed or who meet specific priority criteria.
Who can get a monkeypox vaccine right now?
MPV risk to many individuals remains low. Vaccines will continue to be for individuals at higher risk for MPV and individuals who have been exposed.
You can get a monkeypox vaccine from UHS if you are an enrolled student at U-M Ann Arbor or an active patient at UHS, and
- You were exposed to MPV within the last 14 days (you had close physical contact with someone who was diagnosed with MPV)
- You are due for your 2nd vaccine
- You are an individual engaged in any type of sex work.
- You are a partner of individuals who engage in higher-risk sexual activities.
- You are a close/household contact of individuals who have been exposed to MPV or engaged in higher-risk activities.
- You are a man who has sex with men and have a history of STI in the last year.
- You plan to have multiple sex partners.
- You plan to have close contact at a high-risk event or high-risk venue.
- You take HIV PreP or are living with HIV.
If you do not meet these criteria, you are not currently eligible for a monkeypox vaccine. As more doses become available, vaccine availability may expand further. We will share updates here as we have them.
How to schedule your monkeypox vaccine at UHS
You may also access the monkeypox vaccine through the Washtenaw County Health Department.