Monkeypox hasn’t shown up in Cumberland County yet, but people in Fayetteville and the county can now receive the vaccine if you suspect you’ve been exposed.
According to the Cumberland County Department of Public Health, appointments are now available to receive the Jynneos vaccine that “has been found to prevent monkeypox illness or lead to less severe symptoms in individuals recently exposed to monkeypox.”
Because of very limited supply, vaccinations in North Carolina are currently only offered to individuals with known or suspected exposure to monkeypox. Individuals may call the Health Department at 910-433-3600 to request a vaccination appointment.
Individuals may request a vaccination appointment if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- People who have been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with monkeypox
- People who know their sexual partner was diagnosed with monkeypox, or
- Men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who report any of the following in the last 90 days:
- Having multiple or anonymous sex partners
- Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection
- Receiving HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
Vaccines are free, regardless of insurance status. Individuals will not receive a bill for the vaccine. If you have health insurance, the Health Department will bill your health insurance, only with your consent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when properly administered before or after a recent exposure, these vaccines are an effective tool to protect people from illness.
Anyone can get monkeypox. If you have an unexplained rash, sores or other symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Keep the rash covered and avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been evaluated by a medical provider. Testing is available at the Health Department for eligible individuals by appointment only. Individuals can call 910-433-3600 to request an appointment for testing.