Indiana Department of Health graphic supplied by Wayne County Health Department

Indiana Department of Health plans to offer a free monkeypox vaccine clinic from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Wayne County Health Department, 100 S. Fifth St., Richmond.

Wayne County is one of three locations where a clinic is being offered.

No appointment is necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who might be more likely to get monkeypox.

People more likely to get monkeypox include:
• People who have been identified by public health officials as a contact of 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

A second dose of JYNNEOS vaccine is require 4-5 weeks after the first. The immune response takes 14 days after the second dose to reach maximum strength.

People who get vaccinated should continue to take steps to protect themselves from infection by avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact, including intimate contact, with someone who has monkeypox.

Anyone who is at risk of exposure to monkeypox also can get a vaccine from 8 p.m. to midnight CDT, Friday, Aug. 19 at Someplace Else Nightclub, 930 Main St., Evansville; or 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 20, at Downtown Olly’s, 822 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.