According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine will be available at the Blaisdell Center this Sunday for those who are eligible.
Appointments are now open for vaccinations, which will be offered from 9am to 1pm on Sunday at the Blaisdell showroom, 777 Ward Avenue, and during the same hours on August 20.
DOH requires appointments, which can be made by calling 808-586-4462 or online at health.hawaii.gov/docd/mpxvax. Vaccines are also available at community partner sites on Oahu and neighboring islands.
Due to limited supply, DOH is only offering the Jynneos vaccine to those at highest risk.
To be eligible, Hawaii residents 18 years of age or older must meet one of the following criteria:
>> Individuals who have had exposure to individual(s) with confirmed orthopoxvirus/monkeypox virus within the past 14 days.
>> Homosexuals, bisexuals and other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals with high-risk intimate contacts in countries or areas where monkeypox is known to be spreading in the past 14 days.
Health officials said Jynneos has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a two-dose vaccine to prevent monkeypox disease in adults. Due to limited supply and the goal to protect as many people as possible, DOH is only scheduling individuals for the first doses at this time.
Officials also said since no vaccine is 100% effective, it is important for individuals to reduce their risk of potential exposure to monkeypox both before and after receiving a dose of the vaccine.