Beebe Healthcare is now offering Monkeypox vaccine clinics for the community. Registration is required.
To make an appointment click the link below.
This is a public health concern for all populations, however, not everyone will need to be vaccinated. Aside from rare occasions, this is not a deadly virus. To be eligible for the vaccine, individuals must fall under the guidelines set by the Division of Public Health. For more information, visit our How Can We Help You section below.
How Can We Help You?
To be eligible for the vaccine, individuals must fall under the guidelines set by the Division of Public Health. People who fall into the following categories are eligible:
- Individuals who are living with HIV, as well as those receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV
- Gay, bisexual and transgender or nonbinary persons having sex with men
- Females having sex with gay, bisexual, non-binary, or transgender males
- Sex workers (of any sexual orientation/gender)
- Staff (of any sexual orientation/gender) at establishments where sexual activity occurs (e.g., bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs)
- Health care workers who are providing direct patient care to confirmed/suspected MPX case, and those at occupational risk such as laboratory staff that handle MPX specimens
If any individual believes they are eligible for this first wave of vaccinations and has questions, they may contact their primary care provider or call the DPH hotline at 866-408-1899. There is a nominal fee covered by insurance.
Vaccination is not the only measure of prevention against the virus. Everyone can take certain precautions to protect themselves, such as:
- Limiting direct contact with anyone with a concerning rash
- Limiting the number of intimate partners
- Talking openly with intimate contacts about recent behaviors
- Not sharing bedding, towels and eating or drinking utensils with anyone who may have had an interaction in this list or with someone who has monkeypox.
The vaccine used to prevent Monkeypox is JYNNEOS, which is fully FDA approved for use against Smallpox, which is in the same family of viruses as Monkeypox. Smallpox vaccinations from years ago will not likely provide protection.