Public Health Alert

Monkeypox in SF

Monkeypox Vaccine

SFDPH has received the Jynneos vaccine from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to distribute to counties for preventative use in people who are identified as close contacts. We received an initial 60 doses during the first week of June and have been told that we will receive an additional 100 doses this week. SFDPH will work with the state to procure additional vaccines if the supply increases and is formulating a plan to prioritize individuals with more risk factors for the vaccine.   

We are also setting up a system to administer the vaccine efficiently and equitably in SFDPH-affiliated locations and are working with health system partners on vaccine administration through those private networks as supplies increase.   

What is Monkeypox?

  • Monkeypox is a virus that spreads through prolonged skin to skin contact, sex, kissing, breathing at very close range, or sharing bedding and clothing.
  • Monkeypox is rare and currently a low threat to the general public.
  • It can be serious, though most cases resolve on their own. Seeing a doctor right away is important.
  • Having sex or close physical contact with multiple people can put you at higher risk for monkeypox if it is spreading in the community.
  • It appears as a distinctive rash or sores on the skin anywhere on the body, especially in the genital area. It often begins as flu-like symptoms.
  • We are working with with state and federal agencies to monitor for monkeypox, and to help control the spread of the virus.

Here are some images of what monkeypox can look like.

images of monkeypox rash
“Monkeypox rash” by NHS England High Consequence Infectious Diseases Network

How to protect yourself:

  • Cover exposed skin in crowds
  • Don’t share bedding or clothing with others
  • Talk to close physical and sexual contacts about their general health like recent rashes or sores
  • Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks

If you have symptoms:

(a rash consistent with monkeypox, see below, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox)

  • Cover the area of the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear a well-fitted mask
  • Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others
  • Contact a health care provider as soon as possible
  • Assist public health officials to track others who may have been exposed

How to get help if you don’t have a doctor:

If you do not have a provider, or have difficulty scheduling an appointment, you can be seen at SF City Clinic at 7th Street San Francisco (628-217-6600) or at Strut located 470 Castro Street (415-581-1600).


Screen regularly for sexually transmitted infections. Syphilis and herpes are much more common than monkeypox – they appear similar and should be treated too. 


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Last updated June 24, 2022

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