County fills appointments for monkeypox vaccine clinics

Public Health Madison & Dane County announced its monkeypox clinics, which opened just this week, are completely booked for the first two weeks with 150 people expected to get their first dose of the two-dose vaccine. Second doses of the vaccine, which is the same as the one for smallpox, are administered 28 days later and people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after that. People who are first vaccinated within 14 days of exposure can be protected from getting ill. A limited supply of the vaccine is prompting the agency to not allow walk-in appointments and it will not publicize exact times for shots at its two clinic sites on Madison’s east and south sides. Per guidance from the Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison & Dane County will prioritize the following groups for vaccination:

  • People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox; 
  • People who attended an event or venue in the last 14 days where there was known monkeypox exposure; and 
  • Gay men, bisexual men, trans men, trans women, men who have sex with men, and gender nonconforming/nonbinary individuals who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days.