Monkeypox: A Vaccination Site Has Opened in Hollywood

August 18, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the Monkeypox Outbreak as a Public Health Emergency. The City of Hollywood has been monitoring the outbreak and in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, is responding by opening a FREE Vaccination Site in Hollywood.

Vaccinations are taking place Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David Park Community Center, 108 North 33rd Court, Hollywood, Florida 33021. The Site will be open Monday, August 15th, 2022 through Friday, August 26th, 2022. The Vaccination Site is by appointment only, walkups will not be accepted. Those 18 years of age and older wishing to be Vaccinated with the JYNNEOS Vaccine are encouraged to schedule an appointment online here. Please note: if the link to schedule an appointment is inactive, that means all available appointment times have been filled. You can check the appointment site frequently, as new appointment times become available.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for The JYNNEOS Vaccine to allow Healthcare Providers to use the Vaccine by intradermal injection for individuals 18 years of age and older who are determined to be at high risk for the Monkeypox Infection. JYNNEOS, The Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) Vaccine, was approved in 2019 for the prevention of The Smallpox and Monkeypox Disease in adults 18 years of age and older determined to be at high risk for The Smallpox or Monkeypox Infection. JYNNEOS is administered beneath the skin (subcutaneously) as two doses, four weeks (28 days) apart. For individuals 18 years of age and older determined to be at high risk of The Monkeypox Infection, the EUA now allows for a fraction of the JYNNEOS dose to be administered between the layers of the skin (intradermally). Two doses of the Vaccine given four weeks (28 days) apart will still be needed. There is no data available to indicate that one dose of JYNNEOS will provide long-lasting protection, which will be needed to control the current Monkeypox Outbreak. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose of JYNNEOS for its immune protection to reach its maximum.

Consult your Healthcare Provider if you think you have been exposed, are at a high risk for exposure, or to see if you should get Vaccinated. The CDC recommends Vaccination for people who have been exposed and people who are at higher risk of being exposed. People more likely to get Monkeypox include: Prople who have been identified by Public Health Officials as being in contact with someone with Monkeypox, people who are aware that one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with Monkeypox, people who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known Monkeypox, people whose jobs may expose them to Orthopoxviruses, such as: laboratory workers who perform testing for Orthopoxviruses, workers who handle cultures or animals with Orthopoxviruses and some designated Healthcare or Public Healthcare workers.

If you or your Healthcare Provider suspect a possible case of Monkeypox, please call the 24/7 Disease reporting hotline at: (850) 245-4401.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the Monkeypox Virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to Smallpox symptoms, but milder and Monkeypox is rarely fatal.

Am I at risk of getting Monkeypox? People can get Monkeypox if they have close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has Monkeypox. Early indications are that events with activities in which people engage in close, sustained skin-to-skin contact have resulted in cases of Monkeypox. If you plan to attend an event, consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur there.

Some of the symptoms of Monkeypox include: Fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. Symptoms can also include a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus. The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection.

What should you do if I have symptoms?

First, see a Healthcare Provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other Monkeypox symptoms. Try to avoid close contact (including intimate physical contact) with others until a Healthcare Provider examines you. Avoid close contact with pets or other animals until a Healthcare Provider examines you. If you’re waiting for test results, follow the same precautions and if your test result is positive, stay isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.

How can Monkeypox be prevented?

Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Monkeypox. Do not share eating utensils, cups, handle or touch their bedding, towels or clothing. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. CDC tips to lower your risk are below.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monkeypox website for more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about.html

You can book an appointment at: https://book.appointment-plus.com/d84gd1ky/#/?_qk=wmxrb6yciab