Washington, DC – With the District’s third monkeypox vaccination clinic opening in Ward 8 on Monday, August 1, DC Health is encouraging residents to continue pre-registering for a monkeypox vaccination appointment. The new vaccination site will make it more convenient for more District residents to access their monkeypox vaccination appointments. On Friday, July 29, DC Health will send out additional vaccination appointments. Upon booking an appointment, residents are able to choose which vaccination site they want to visit.
On Saturday July 23, DC Health’s new single dose strategy allowed for more than 5,000 vaccination appointments to be offered to eligible residents. As of today, DC Health has:
- Administered more than 7,000 doses through DC Health monkeypox extended PEP clinics. More than 2,200 appointments are currently scheduled.
- Pre-registered more than 18,000 District residents
- Sent out approximately 14,000 booking invitations
- Identified and provided vaccinations to more than 500 close contacts
- Hosted pop-up vaccination clinics with community partners to ensure equitable access to vaccine
Monkeypox vaccinations are confidential and District residents can pre-register for monkeypox vaccination appointments by visiting preventmonkeypox.dc.gov. All residents are invited to pre-register for a vaccination appointment, and those who are not currently eligible will be contacted if eligibility changes and appointments are available. At present, to be eligible for the monkeypox vaccine in DC, a person must be a District resident, 18 years of age or older, and:
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and have had multiple (more than one) or any anonymous sexual partners in the last 14 days; or
- Transgender women or nonbinary persons assigned male at birth who have sex with men; or
- Sex workers (of any sexual orientation/gender); or
- Staff (of any sexual orientation/gender) at establishments where sexual activity occurs (e.g., bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs)
Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It can spread during intimate physical contact between people, including sex, kissing, and hugging. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or when a person touches fabrics, such as bedding and towels, used by a person with monkeypox.
Initial symptoms of monkeypox often include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash and lesions on the skin. Although the majority of cases do not require hospitalization, monkeypox is dangerous, highly contagious, and uncomfortable. While monkeypox can spread to anyone, the majority of current cases in the District are in men who have sex with men.
Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their healthcare provider about whether they need to get tested, even if they don’t think they had contact with someone who has monkeypox.