GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – In Grand Junction, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is holding a free monkeypox vaccination clinic.
The free immunization clinic at Pride Fest will be available on September 11th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street and 6th Street.
The second dosage of the vaccination may be obtained at Mesa County Public Health by anyone who received their first dose at Pride Fest.
A vaccine called Jynneos is available for those who have already been exposed to monkeypox or who are at high risk of doing so. After exposure, the risk of developing monkeypox is reduced by vaccination. Those who qualify for the vaccination include:
- Anyone (any sexual orientation or gender identity) who has had close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox in the last 14 days.
- Anyone (any sexual orientation or gender identity) who:
- Has had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days
- Has had sexual partners they did not previously know in the last 14 days
- Has had close physical contact with other people in a venue where anonymous or group sex may occur in the last 14 days
- Was diagnosed with gonorrhea or syphilis in the past three months
- Who already uses or is eligible for HIV PrEP (medication to prevent HIV, e.g.Truvada or Descovy or Apretude)
- Who engages in commercial and/or transactional sex (e.g. sex in exchange for money, shelter, food, and other goods or needs)
- Anyone (any sexual orientation or gender identity) identified by public health as a known high-risk contact of someone who has monkeypox.
To register for the free mockeypox vaccination clinic click here.