MDHHS Updates Recommendations for Monkeypox Vaccinations

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated vaccine recommendations for the monkeypox virus following an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization now allows for providers to offer the JYNNEOS vaccine through an intradermal (between layers of the skin) injection, which increases the number of doses up to five-fold, according to the MDHHS. It has also been shown to have the same immune response as the injection under the skin.

The vaccine was only able to be administered under the skin previously, and is administered as two doses 28 days apart.  It is also now allowed to be administered for those under the age of 18.

Michigan’s revised JYNNEOS strategy now encourages second doses to be administered through their recommendation schedule.

“MPV continues to spread and we are hopeful that the increase in vaccination doses will help us prevent further spread and offer protection for those who may have been or may be exposed,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “We encourage those at risk to contact their local health department and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Michiganders who have received a first dose should contact their local health department or provider to get a second dose 28 days after their first. If you already received your first dose under the skin, you can get your second dose intradermally.

If more than 28 days have passed since you’ve received your first dose, you should get your second dose immediately.

For more information from the MDHHS, click here.