Monkeypox Vaccine

There has been lots of mention in the media about a Monkeypox Vaccine.

Eligibility criteria for monkeypox (mpox) vaccination have been confirmed by Te Whatu Ora with the vaccine available to be delivered in Aotearoa from 16 January 2023.

Exposure Status JYNNEOS ® Vaccination Criteria
Pre-exposure vaccination Population groups considered at higher risk of exposure or further transmission, including:

  1. Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) who are engaging in behaviour associated with higher risk of exposure to mpox, such as having multiple sexual partners.
  2. People who are recommended to receive the vaccine by their doctor (such as Sexual Health, Infectious Diseases, General Physician).
  3. Laboratory workers culturing the mpox virus, as determined by their employer.
Post-exposure vaccination*
  1. Close contacts of people infected with mpox (eg, intimate partners and people who live in the same household).
  2. People whose occupation might put them at increased risk and if there is a breach of protective personal equipment (PPE) (ie, healthcare workers caring for those infected with mpox and laboratory workers handling mpox swabs).
This vaccine can be given to individuals with immunocompromising medical conditions or therapy, including those living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection (PWHIV). It can also be given to those taking HIV PrEP medication.

* This vaccine can also be prescribed for physical contacts of people infected with mpox after they have been exposed to mpox. If this is within four days after first exposure to mpox it will provide the highest chance of avoiding the disease, but it can be given up to 14 days after exposure.

Mpox vaccination clinics will be held at four sites in Christchurch from 20 to 29 January.

Patients known to Sexual Health or the Infection Management Service who meet vaccination criteria will be invited directly to attend a vaccination clinic.

The Burnett Foundation website is expected to be updated with information for patients and a tool where they can check if they meet vaccination criteria. Patients can book vaccine clinic appointments by phoning the dedicated Whakarongorau mpox line on 0800 116 672.