Eligibility for the MPV vaccine has expanded and it is available at healthcare providers and clinics throughout the city, and CDPH strongly encourages those eligible to get the shot to protect themselves and others. Recent approval of intradermal administration (between layers of the skin) for individuals 18 years of age and older of JYNNEOS™ (vaccine FAQ: English, Spanish) MPV vaccine means that all eligible Chicagoans can receive the two-dose series, as recommended. In addition, Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA allows those under the age of 18 to receive the vaccine beneath the skin (subcutaneously), with the consent of their parents or guardians.
JYNNEOS™ vaccine is a two-dose vaccine given under the skin 28 days apart.
Anyone living in Chicago and Illinois, including students enrolled in Chicago’s universities/colleges, who meet one of the following criteria AND have not previously been infected with MPV, is recommended to complete the two-dose series of MPV JYNNEOS vaccine as recommended:
- Anyone regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation who:
Had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., household members with close physical contact or intimate partners) with someone diagnosed with MPV.
Exchanges good or services for sex.
Lives with HIV, especially persons with uncontrolled or advanced HIV disease.
Are eligible or currently taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help prevent infection with HIV.
- Sexually active bisexual, gay and other same gender-loving men, or sexually active transgender individuals. Especially consider getting vaccinated if you:
Met recent partners through online applications or social media platforms (such as Grindr, Tinder or Scruff), or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas.
Were diagnosed with sexually transmitted infection(s) (STI) in past 6 months.
We are still learning about how well the vaccine can protect you. Even after getting vaccinated, you should still take precautions, especially if you are at high-risk for severe illness from monkeypox.
How to get vaccinated
In Chicago, we have distributed vaccine to healthcare providers (e.g. sexual health clinics, MSM- HIV-PrEP providers) who directly reach out to eligible populations.
If you think you might qualify to receive vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or see the list of vaccine providers below. Encourage your healthcare provider to visit chicagohan.org/monkeypox if they are unfamiliar with MPV. The Chicago healthcare providers listed below have received doses of vaccine for those who meet eligibility criteria. Please contact the providers directly to see if they have currently available doses or appointments. As we continue to receive vaccine, additional providers may be added to the list.
Chicago Department of Public Health: PEP Partners
|Center||How to schedule|
|CDPH Lakeview Clinic||getvaxchi.chicago.gov|
|CDPH Austin Clinic||getvaxchi.chicago.gov|
|Howard Brown Health Clark||773-388-1600|
|Howard Brown Health Sheridan|
|Howard Brown Health 63rd|
|Howard Brown Health 55th|
|RMR Core Center||312-572-4500|
|Project Wish/ UIC||UIC MPX (Monkeypox) Outreach Sign-Up Form|
|UI Health Eye and Ear Infirmary||monkeypox.uihealth.care|
|Alivio Medical Center||aliviomedicalcenter.org|
|Center on Halsted - North Side||centeronhalsted.org|
|Center on Halsted - South Side/Woodlawn|
|Lawndale Christian Health Center
Vaccine Second Doses
The full course of vaccine consists of 2 doses given at least 4 weeks apart. People who received the first dose should receive the second dose at least 4 weeks after the first. Immunity starts to build in the days and weeks after the first dose, although full immunity does not occur until 2 weeks after the second dose. Anyone who has had a first dose at least 28 days ago and who has not been infected with monkeypox virus (MPV) is eligible for a second dose at this time.