Monkeypox FAQs & Vaccinations

What is Moneypox?

Monkeypox can affect anyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Monkeypox can spread through prolonged close contact with an infected person. This might include contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or prolonged face-to-face contact.

The cases to date have all been mild or moderate and no deaths have occurred. Despite recent increases in cases, monkeypox is still considered a very rare infection. Widespread transmission to the broader population is currently considered unlikely.

Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, exhaustion, muscle ache and backache, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters and shows up on the face, hands, feet, chest, genitals or inside of the mouth.

Vaccine appointments are available by calling 203-777-7411.

Please bring your insurance information, as applicable.

Are you eligible to get vaccinated for Monkeypox?

You are eligible to be vaccinated if you are a Connecticut resident aged 18 or older and meet one of the following:

  • You had close personal contact in the past 14 days with a positive case of monkeypox (this may include sexual partners, household contacts, and healthcare workers); OR
  • You meet the following criteria:
    o Know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox OR
    o Had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in a jurisdiction (e.g., city/state/country) with known monkeypox.

Getting Vaccinated for Monkeypox

  • Whether or not you are a patient of FHCHC, you can be eligible for the monkeypox vaccine, Jynneos.
  • We are offering it at our location at 374 Grand Avenue in New Haven.
  • The vaccination series involves two shots, at least 28 days apart.
  • You’ll be given an appointment for the second shot at your first shot appointment.
  • Patients should bring their insurance card (if they have one) and identification to the visit. Care is available regardless of ability to pay.

Vaccine appointments are available by calling 203-777-7411.