- We have a vaccine to help prevent monkeypox. Read on for information on eligibility, booking appointments, and more.
- For general information on symptoms, spread, and risk, visit our monkeypox page.
Based on eligibility guidance from DHS, vaccination is now recommended for:
- Known contacts who are identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing, and risk exposure assessments
- People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox.
- People who attended an event or venue where there was known monkeypox exposure.
- Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals, who:
- Have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days OR
- Expect to have multiple or anonymous sex partners
- Clinical and research lab staff who directly handle orthopoxviruses or material that may contain orthopoxviruses
- Healthcare providers who directly care for patients with sexually transmitted infections
With Public Health Madison & Dane County
If you live in Dane County* and believe you are eligible for a vaccine, book a vaccination appointment now using the buttons below.
- If you had a known contact with someone that had monkeypox, or you are eligible for vaccine and are living with HIV, please call (608) 243-0556 so we can schedule you sooner.
- If you've had a known or possible exposure, your appointment date should be within 14 days of the exposure. For example, if you had sex with someone with monkeypox on August 30, your appointment date should be September 13 or earlier.
- Note these appointment buttons are for first doses only. If we gave you your first dose, we will be reaching out soon with information on scheduling your second dose. If you were vaccinated out of county and need a second dose from us, please call (608) 243-0556.
- If there are no appointments available on one location’s schedule, please check the other location. If you’ve had a known exposure, please call (608) 243-0556 so we can schedule you sooner. If you are eligible for any other reason and either couldn’t get an appointment or want to try and get an earlier appointment, please join our waitlist.
- New appointments become available throughout the day, so check back often.
*If you live outside of Dane County, please check if there is a monkeypox vaccinator near you. If not, we are able to vaccinate you. Use the buttons above to book your appointment.
With Other Vaccinatiors
- If you are a UW Health patient, and need another option for getting a monkeypox vaccine, you can call (608) 720-3355 to connect with UW Health scheduling staff.
- If you are a UW-Madison student and need another option for getting a monkeypox vaccine, you can make an appointment at UHS.
Providers across the country are now using an intradermal injection method.
- What's an intradermal injection? In simple terms, the injection will happen just below the surface of the skin, creating a small bump. An intradermal injection is similar to a TB test, if you’ve had one of those in the past. Watch this video to see what this type of injection looks like (Warning: Video contains imagery of a needle and medical procedure of vaccination).
- Why use this method? By switching to this intradermal method, our national supply of vaccine is now 4-5x greater than it was before. This means we can vaccinate more people even faster.
Is it effective? Current data tell us this type of vaccination method works just as well as a shot that goes into your muscle (also known as a subcutaneous shot).
- As of August 15, all doses we give are through intradermal injection.
- Even if you received a shot in your muscle for your first dose, it's fine to get an intradermal injection for your second dose.
- Vaccine supply remains limited. We will vaccinate as many people as possible who are eligible, but we can’t guarantee everyone will be able to be seen immediately.
- You can track the number of doses statewide by visiting the Department of Health Services' website.
- To receive an email when we have new monkeypox information and news (such as changes in vaccine eligibility and new resources), please subscribe to our email updates. Check the box for Monkeypox Updates in the list of newsletters.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been shipping doses of JYNNEOS vaccine using a strategy intended to help limit the spread of monkeypox in communities where transmission is highest and with populations most at risk. This means areas like Chicago get more doses than Wisconsin. HHS updates the number of vaccine doses distributed by geography each Wednesday. CDC updates the number of cases by state each weekday.
There are two vaccines approved for monkeypox, JYNNEOS and ACAM2000. JYNNEOS is the preferred vaccine for nearly everyone. You can read more about the differences in the vaccines on the CDC website.
JYNNEOS contains a live virus that does not replicate efficiently in human cells.
- The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose series given at least 28 days apart. People are fully vaccinated about 2 weeks after their second shot of JYNNEOS.
- Even once vaccinated, people should protect themselves from infection by avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact, including intimate contact, with someone who has monkeypox.
- In the US, there is currently a limited supply of JYNNEOS, although more is expected in the coming weeks and months.
- For considerations on getting a monkeypox vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, see the section on the CDC titled, Coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines.