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Pueblo Health Department hosting monkeypox vaccine clinic Friday

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) is hosting a monkeypox vaccine clinic Friday.

The clinic will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.in the Health Department parking lot, located at 101 W. 9th St.

The PDPHE said appointments are preferred but drive-ups will be accepted.

Due to a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine in Colorado, only 60 vaccinations will be available at this clinic.

The State of Colorado recently expanded the eligibility criteria for monkeypox vaccination to 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, or 
    • Has had sexual partners they did not previously know in the last 14 days, or
    • Has had close physical contact with other people in a venue where anonymous or group sex may occur in the last 14 days, or
    • Was diagnosed with gonorrhea or syphilis in the past three months, or
    • Who already uses or is eligible for HIV PrEP (medication to prevent HIV, e.g. Truvada or Descovy or Apretude), or
    • 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 make a reservation for Friday’s clinic visit bit.ly/MPXVaccinePueblo

You can book first and second-dose appointments in Colorado at comassvax.org.

The PDPHE said Pueblo has confirmed three monkeypox cases since the beginning of August.

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