Gov. Hochul announces latest Monkeypox vaccine distribution following 2B allocation from Federal Government

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Hochul, along with the New York State Department of Health announced on Tuesday the distribution of the JYNNEOS vaccine in New York, following an additional allocation of 8,822 doses to New York State from the federal government. New York City will receive its own allocation of 23,963 doses directly from the federal government.

In a statement issued by Gov. Hochul, in this phase, New York City will be receiving 2,000 of the allocated doses due to its high number of cases and concentrated area. The rest of the State’s allocation will be distributed to counties based on the number of Monkeypox cases in their locality, proximity to New York City, and ability to reach vaccine-eligible New Yorkers.

All doses in this phase are recommended to be administered as a first dose of the two-dose vaccine series. More vaccine supply is expected in the coming weeks and months to ensure that both doses get administered to New Yorkers, according to the Governor’s announcement.

Eligibility includes the following New Yorkers:

  • Individuals with recent exposure to Monkeypox within the past 14 days.
  • Those at high risk of a recent exposure to Monkeypox, including members of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where Monkeypox is spreading.
  • Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing Monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party.

In addition to vaccine distribution, NYSDOH has launched a public education campaign to get Monkeypox info directly to New Yorkers— which includes paid, digital advertising to reach men who have sex with men and the creation of a dedicated website with the latest information on Monkeypox.

To learn about Monkeypox and protect themselves and prevent the spread, click here.

All New Yorkers can protect themselves and prevent the spread of Monkeypox in their communities:

  • Ask sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with Monkeypox.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other Monkeypox-related symptoms.
  • Contact a healthcare provider following exposure or symptoms, and check with your local county health department about vaccine eligibility.
  • New Yorkers who receive the JYNNEOS vaccine should receive both doses, given four weeks apart, and stay vigilant until fully vaccinated, two weeks following the second dose.
  • If you or your healthcare provider suspect you may have Monkeypox, isolate at home. If you can, stay in a separate area from other family members and pets.
  • Follow reputable sources of health information, including NYSDOH, CDC, and your local county health department.

Or you can text "MONKEYPOX" to 81336 or "MONKEYPOXESP" for Alerts in Spanish

For more information about Monkeypox, including case counts by county, treatment, and care, visit