Get mpox vaccines, testing, and medicine

Vaccines, testing, and medicine are available for free.

What to do

Get vaccinated against mpox

If you have a health care provider, contact them to ask for the vaccine.

If you do not have a health care provider, find vaccines using the CDC's vaccine locator or find free mpox clinics below.

 

    You can also come get free mpox vaccine at Pan Dulce on March 6, 2024. Find out more.

    Get mpox testing and medicine

    Testing is available for people who have a rash that looks like mpox. Health care providers do the testing.

    If you have a health care provider, contact them to ask for the testing.

    If you do not have a health care provider, find free mpox clinics below.

    While you are waiting for your test results: 

    • Stay home and away from other people 
    • Avoid public transportation. If you must leave home, limit physical contact with anyone, wear a well-fitting mask, and cover all lesions, including on your hands.  You may use soft bandages for lesions that are not covered by clothes or gloves. 
    • Get in touch with people you've had sex or close contact with and ask them to get tested if they develop a rash or spots. Any close contacts should also get vaccinated if they have not yet been vaccinated.

    Most people get well from mpox without needing any medicines or other treatment. A medication called tecovirimat (or TPOXX) may be given for people with severe mpox. Talk to your doctor if you think you might need TPOXX.

    Find free mpox clinics

    Find free mpox clinics

    If you do not have a provider, make an appointment at one of these clinics for free mpox vaccination, testing, and treatment:   

    • Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic (AITC) patients: make an appointment online
    • San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Clinic at Strut: 415-581-1600
    • SF City Clinic: 628-217-6600

    Special cases

    Find out if you should get the mpox vaccine

    Find out if you should get the mpox vaccine

    Anyone who may be at risk of getting mpox can now receive the vaccine. There is no need to prove eligibility.

    SFDPH recommends mpox vaccination for these priority groups:  

    • Persons who have had a known exposure to mpox and need post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
    • People with occupational (job-related) risk, including
      • Healthcare workers likely to collect laboratory specimens from patients with mpox
      • Persons working in sexual health clinics
      • Persons working in clinical settings that serve at-risk populations
      • Any occupational group recommended by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to get the vaccine
    • Any person living with HIV, especially those with risk of complications of mpox, such as persons with a CD4 count <350/mm3, an unsuppressed viral load, or who have had an opportunistic infection
    • Any man, trans person, or nonbinary person who has sex with men, trans persons, or nonbinary persons
    • Persons who are taking or are eligible to take HIV PrEP
    • Sex workers
    • Sexual contacts of any persons included above
    • Persons who have had close contact, within the past 6 months, with someone with suspected or confirmed mpox
    • Persons who had sex or close contact, within the past 6 months, at a venue or event, or within a social group, with a suspected or confirmed mpox case. This includes persons who received notice from a venue or event of a potential exposure.
    • Persons diagnosed, in the past 3 months, with a bacterial sexually transmitted disease (for example: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis)
    • Persons who expect to experience any of the above

    Find out how many doses of vaccine you need

    Find out how many doses of vaccine you need

    The vaccine is named JYNNEOS. You should get 2 doses of the vaccine, at least 4 weeks apart. You can choose either subcutaneous or intradermal vaccination.

    If it has been more than 4 weeks since the first dose, the second dose can be administered as soon as possible, and the series does not need to be restarted.

    If you have received your second dose, there is no need for a third dose.

    Get proof of mpox vaccination

    Get proof of mpox vaccination

    Check your medical record or ask your provider

    You can find it in your online health record under the immunization history section. If you don’t see it, ask your healthcare provider.  Your provider should have a record of vaccination dates and locations. They can also print your immunization record through the California Immunization Registry (CAIR)
     

    Request a record from CAIR

    CAIR was not designed for a high volume of requests. Use this method if the above options are not possible. Requests may take up to 14 business days, so please plan ahead. The California Immunization Registry (CAIR) is a secure immunization information system for California. Fill out this form to get your record emailed to you. Travelers from outside the U.S. who get vaccinated in California may email the Help Desk to get the form. Residents of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties: Visit My Healthy Futures to get your immunization record.

    Learn more about mpox

    Learn more about mpox

    Learn more from the CDC.

    Last updated February 28, 2024