ALFA is keeping an eye on the mpox outbreak and will update as we have new information. If you need financial assistance to get to a vaccine site or to support a period of isolation please fill out the Mpox Assistance Request.
Vaccines are available to protect against mpox or to reduce disease severity. NCDHHS has expanded the vaccine eligibility. Starting September 7, vaccine will be available for people who meet any of the following criteria:
Anyone who had close contact in the past two weeks with someone who has been diagnosed with mpox; or
Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who are sexually active; or
People who have had sexual contact with gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals in the past 90 days; or
People living with HIV, or taking medication to prevent HIV (PrEP), or who were diagnosed with syphilis in the past 90 days.
Expanded eligibility is based on case data and current spread to protect more people in higher-risk categories. While anyone can get mpox, nearly all of North Carolina’s cases are still in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men. Nationally, the CDC reports 78.9% of individuals report man to man sexual contact.
How can I get vaccinated? Individuals who meet the current criteria can call their local health department to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, or they can call one of the seven local health departments that have already received vaccines as part of the phase 1 allocation of Jynneos vaccine: