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Upcoming Monkeypox vaccination events

Kern County Public Health Services Department


September 17, 2022

Kern County Public Health is hosting a series of Monkeypox (MPX) vaccination events on Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 7, 19, 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prado Senior Center, 2101 Ridge Rd., Bakersfield.

The risk of MPX to the general public continues to be low. Certain people may be at higher risk of a monkeypox infection and may be eligible for vaccination. Eligibility for MPX vaccination clinics is as follows:

• Known exposure to a known monkeypox case.

• Gay, bisexual and other men (including cisgender and transgender men) who have sex with men (MSM) or transgender women who meet at least one of the following criteria:

- Have been diagnosed with a bacterial sexually transmitted disease (e.g. chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) in the bast 12 months OR

- Have engaged in chemsex or group sex with other men, OR

- Have had sex recently with anonymous male partners, OR

- Have had sex recently with multiple male partners, OR

- Have attended sex-on-premises venues (e.g., saunas, bathhouses, sex clubs), OR

- Have engaged in survival and/or transactional sex, OR

- Use or are recommended to use HIV PrEP, OR

- Are living with HIV.

• Healthcare workers or laboratory workers who meet at least one of the following criteria:

- Routinely and frequently care for patients with monkeypox, OR

- Routinely and frequently perform tests on monkeypox specimens, OR

- Are part of a monkeypox rapid response team.

• Persons who are currently experiencing homelessness or persons experiencing intermittent homelessness who frequent shelter services.

• Persons living in residential substance use treatment centers.

Eligibility criteria will be expanded as vaccine allocation allows. To get more information and to schedule an appointment, visit our website and click on the vaccination event information to complete a confidential survey.


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