Getting vaccinated for mpox can reduce your chance of getting mpox, and it can reduce symptoms if you do get it. Eligible New Yorkers can get the JYNNEOSTM vaccine.
Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status.
The following people are eligible to be vaccinated in NYC:
People who are breastfeeding or pregnant who are otherwise eligible for vaccination can get vaccinated. For more information, see the JYNNEOS FAQ.
If you have had mpox, then you likely have some protection against another infection and are currently not eligible to get vaccinated. Most people who were diagnosed with mpox after getting their first dose of the vaccine do not need a second dose. People who are immunocompromised should speak with their provider about whether a second dose is necessary.
People with certain allergies to vaccine ingredients or chicken or egg protein should talk to a health care provider to confirm if they should get the vaccine. If you do not have a provider, call 311 or search the NYC Health Map.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is recommended for people who meet the above eligibility criteria and:
You can get the JYNNEOS vaccine at the same time as most vaccines, including the flu, human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccines.
You can get the JYNNEOS vaccine before, after, or at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines too. However, people at increased risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), particularly males ages 12 to 39, may consider waiting four weeks after getting the JYNNEOS vaccine to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This is because there is a rare risk of developing myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination. While JYNNEOS clinical trials did not show an increased risk of myocarditis following vaccination, it is possible there is a risk.
If you know you were recently exposed to mpox, you should not delay getting the JYNNEOS vaccine.
For others, in deciding whether to delay getting either vaccine, consider your risk of exposure and risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and mpox. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about timing of vaccination.
Common side effects of the JYNNEOS vaccine include tiredness, headache and muscle pain. There may also be redness, swelling, soreness and itchiness where you received the injection.