Monkeypox (MPX) vaccination information by state and territory

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States and territories are responsible for administering the monkeypox MPX vaccine within their jurisdiction, including how and where it will be available and who will be prioritised to receive the vaccine. These decisions will be informed by local risk factors, such as local outbreaks and vaccine supply.

You can find more information about MPX on our Monkeypox (MPX) page.

Here is a guide to MPX vaccination by state and territory:

NSW Health is providing JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine to community members at particular risk of exposure to MPX in metro and regional NSW. 

  • An initial supply of JYNNEOS received in NSW in August has been used. Up to 30,000 more doses are expected at the end of September and 70,000 doses in early 2023.
  • There are limited vaccination sites. Kirkton Road Clinic (KRC) is likely to be the main provider for sex workers.
  • In the initial phase of the vaccine rollout, priority groups include:
    • sex workers
    • gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
    • those who would be particularly vulnerable should MPXV become locally endemic, such as MSM who are homeless
    • high-risk people planning to travel overseas with known MPXV outbreaks.     
  • Based on expert advice, only the first doses will be given in the initial phase to achieve the best protection for the community. For maximum protection, a second dose is advised to be given at least 28 days after the first. 
  • People who receive the first dose will be invited to return for a second dose once additional vaccine supplies are received. 

For further information and updates on vaccine eligibility and accessibility, please contact SWOP NSW on

Telephone: (02) 9184 9466

Email: swopconnect@swop.org.au

Last Updated: 26 August 2022

The JYNNEOS vaccine will be available free of charge for medicare card holders and specific priority groups. The initial consultation may not be free, so check with your healthcare provider first. Some clinics are only accepting appointments from existing patients. 

For people who fulfil the eligibility criteria for vaccination and live in regional Victoria, please email your closest regional Local Public Health Unit (LPHU). 

MPX vaccinations will be available from the following metropolitan locations. Please note that most clinics have exhausted the current vaccine allocation.

  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
  • Thorne Harbour Health
  • Northside Clinic
  • Collins Street Medical Centre
  • Prahran Market Clinic

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis for high-risk close contacts of MPX cases (within 4 days)
  • Laboratory workers who analyse specimens from MPX cases 
  • Sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM MSM) (including cis and trans men) who
    • Have had an STI in the last 12 months OR
    • Intend to engage in sexual practices that put them at higher risk of STIs during overseas travel to Europe or North America before 31 October* OR
    • Who attend sex on premises venues
  • Sexually active GBM MSM (including cis and trans men) who are homeless or have significant drug use or psychiatric illness
  • Sex workers who engage in sex with the sexually active groups listed above.

For further information and updates on vaccine eligibility and accessibility, please contact Vixen at info@vixen.org.au or on (03) 9070 9050.

Last Updated: 24 August 2022

Queensland Health has worked with the Commonwealth Department of Health to

secure a limited supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine.

  • Given the very limited initial supply of vaccines, Queensland Health is working with a range of partner organisations and clinical services to identify people most at risk of infection so they can be prioritised for vaccination.
  • Additional vaccine will likely be available in Queensland in October, with further supplies in 2023.
  • The rollout of vaccinations in Queensland will be staggered, initially prioritising close contacts and those at most significant risk of exposure to MPX.
  • People determined to be at high risk will receive a clinical assessment to determine their eligibility for the vaccine. Your healthcare provider will reach out to you in the first instance and invite you to be vaccinated.
  • The supply and availability of vaccines is different in Queensland compared to NSW and Victoria, as the prevalence of community transmission of MPX in NSW and Victoria is currently much more significant than in Queensland. 
  • As a result, a different response is required in Queensland to these states. Queensland will not be operating a centralised waiting list for MPX vaccination, as is the case in NSW.
  • All vaccinations administered will be recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register, the national register where your vaccinations are recorded. 
  • Due to limited initial vaccine supply, vaccination is likely to be offered through Queensland Health facilities and a few specialised general practitioners treating people with HIV.
  • The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have provided guidance regarding the key risk groups to be considered for vaccination.
  • Queensland Health will retain a supply of vaccines to provide post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for close contacts and any newly diagnosed cases.
  • Queensland and other Australian jurisdictions are currently considering whether a single dose should be provided initially to increase the number of high-risk people vaccinated in the early stages of the rollout.

Last Updated: 15 August 2022

  • Western Australia has been issued 1300 vaccines to start with and has now issued vaccines to a number of clinics that will now begin providing these. 
  • More vaccines will become available in the future. Magenta will update this information as soon as we know more about that timeframe. 
  • Magenta has received instructions that all male and trans sex workers in WA will be eligible for the first round of vaccinations. 
  • Some sex workers who see clients at higher risk or who have any form of immuno-compromising health condition may also be eligible for the first round of vaccination.
  • WA Health has chosen not to publically release any other specific vaccination criteria, asking sex workers concerned about the risk of MPX to contact any of the vaccine provider clinics listed below. 
  • Sex workers in WA can also contact Magenta for information on (08) 9328 1387 or the sexual health helpline on (08) 9227 6178 for information on the MPX vaccine in WA.

The following clinics are key referral clinics through which to access the MPX vaccines in WA: 

To access the vaccine, sex workers are advised to report to any one of these clinics who will arrange your vaccination at one of the WA health vaccination sites. 

Last Updated: 24 August 2022

Eligibility for MPX vaccination in South Australia will now be broadened, and the vaccine will be available for the following priority groups:

  • Post-exposure preventive vaccination (PEPV) for close contacts of MPX cases
  • Primary preventive vaccination (PPV) for
    • HIV negative or HIV positive sexually active gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) (including cis and trans men) who meet any of the following eligibility criteria:
      • staff and clients of sex on premises venues; OR
      • STI diagnosis in the last 12 months; OR
      • currently being prescribed HIV PrEP; OR
      • intending to engage in sexual practices with multiple partners during overseas travel to countries with known MPX outbreaks before 31 October 2022;
    • sex workers whose clients include GBMSM; OR
    • on assessment and recommendation from accredited HIV S100 Prescribers or publicly funded sexual health clinics, other individuals at high risk of MPX.

Last Updated: 15 September 2022

A small initial supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine will be available in the ACT from the week commencing 15 August for ACT residents and people from NSW with established links with ACT healthcare providers.

People most at risk of exposure, transmission, and severe outcomes from MPX if it were to be more widespread will have access to these initial vaccine doses. 

While the risk of MPX virus is not associated with gender, sex or sexuality, the initial targeted MPX vaccination rollout will be to those most vulnerable groups at risk of exposure based on the spread of the disease to date in Australia and overseas.

This approach is in line with the latest advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

The priority criteria for the initial vaccine supply in the ACT are

  • People who have close and intimate contact with multiple partners (this can include attendance at sex parties, saunas and sex-on-premises venues)

AND

  • Identify as a
    • Sex worker with clients who are gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) OR
    • GBMSM living with HIV and who have a CD4 count < 500
    • GBMSM with barriers to accessing early care and support if they were exposed to MPX. This may include individuals who:
      • Are homeless or have unstable housing/accommodation arrangements
      • Have drug use or mental health concerns that impact their ability to access care

The vaccine can also be used as a post-exposure treatment for people who have had a known high-risk exposure (as determined by ACT Health). A small number of doses are being reserved for people who have had a known high-risk exposure to MPX and may be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

As more doses become available, the priority groups for the vaccine will be expanded and updated here

For the initial rollout of vaccines, ACT doctors and community service providers will be able to support identification and linkage to vaccine appointments for people in these priority groups. 

If you have concerns about MPX or questions about the above priority criteria, you can discuss them with your GP, who can also refer you to Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) for vaccination if you meet the priority criteria.

Alternatively, you can contact SWOP ACT on the peer support mobile 0427 475 671 (Tues-Thurs 10am-6pm each week) for a referral to Canberra Sexual Health Centre. 

Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) will be the ACT’s initial vaccination site.

If you think you meet the above priority criteria for MPX vaccination in the ACT, please discuss with ACT Health or your GP, who can refer you for vaccination or call Canberra Sexual Health Centre on 02 5124 2184 between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. Please be aware that CSHC is responding to a high volume of calls. Your patience and courtesy while contacting CSHC are greatly appreciated.

Source: ACT Health

Last Updated: 29 August 2022

Northern Territory Health is administering the JYNNEOS vaccine to prevent the transmission of MPX.

Accessing MPX vaccination in the Northern Territory*

*Eligibility criteria will change soon when further stocks become available.

You are eligible to receive the MPX vaccine if you’re at least 18 years old and can identify with one of the following areas:

  • A high-risk close contact of a confirmed case (post-exposure vaccination)
  • A gay, bisexual man or a man who has sex with other men (GBM MSM) (including cis and trans men) who meet the additional criteria*
  • A sex worker whose clients belong to high-risk categories
  • A sistergirl

Additional criteria:

  • A GBM or MSM intending to engage in sexual practices that may put you at higher risk of STI
  • If you have been in Europe or North America before 31 October 2022
  • An Aboriginal GBM MSM person living in or visiting remote communities
  • An Aboriginal GBM MSM person who is on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • GBM MSM people who are:
  • Homeless, or have significant drug use or psychiatric illness
  • Significantly immunocompromised, including if you are a person living with HIV with a CD4 count less than 200.

No medicare card is needed to access MPX vaccination. Existing files can be used, you may use any work name you’d like, and no private details are retained.

Vaccination Locations:

Clinic 34

Offers vaccines all weekdays to eligible people. You will not need to wait if you call Clinic 34 to book an appointment.

If you’re eligible, you can get the vaccine by calling Clinic 34 to book:

  • 08 8999 2678 – Clinic 34 Darwin
  • 08 8951 7549 – Clinic 34 Alice Springs.

Darwin

The Darwin Clinic 34 has moved to the Royal Darwin Hospital Campus

Location: Nightingale Road, Red Wing, Building 4, (RDH) Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Tiwi NT.

Time: Monday to Friday during business hours

Alternatively, you can call SWOP NT on 0447022332 for peer support to navigate the steps to access the NTAHC walk-in MPX Clinic if you cannot get out to the Darwin Public Hospital in Tiwi.

Note – Darwin location only: NTAHCS Care and Support and SWOP NT programs can put through MPX Vaccination referrals every Monday to access the walk-in NTAHC Vaccination Clinic in Darwin at 46 Woods Street on specified days. 

Alice Springs

Location: Ground floor, Eurilpa House, 25 Todd St, Alice Springs

Time: Monday to Friday during business hours

Using a pseudonym

SWOP NT has successfully advocated a pathway for sex workers to be able to provide a pseudonym for use for scheduled appointments through the Northern Territory Department of Health Clinic 34 in partnership with NTAHC clinic. It is located at 46 Woods Street in Darwin, in the same building where SWOP NT is located.

Step 1

A JYNNEOS vaccine request form is required. The form’s purpose is to help the Clinic 34 doctor/s to prescribe your vaccination.

  • The information required within the request includes;
    • Your Medicare card number and the corresponding name on the card (write your preferred or pseudonym in brackets after writing the actual name)
    • Date of birth, phone number, allergies, and any medical conditions to be noted, demographic of gender and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Status
    • The last section lists the vaccination eligibility criteria (e.g., sex worker, sistergirl or gay man). Circle whatever applies to enable eligibility to access the vaccine.
  • The form should be sent directly to your Clinic 34 allocated doctor via email.
  • You may also include your pseudonym in the email if you do not want to write it in the form.
  • You can email the form/hand over the form through the SWOP NT Coordinator.

Step 2

The Clinic 34 Doctor will provide the Clinic 34 vaccination nurses with your pseudonym, date of birth, and authorisation for vaccination.

For more information on MPX in the Northern Territory, visit the NT Health MPX page. 

Source: Monkey Pox (MPX) Vaccine

Last Updated: 13 September 2022

The Tasmanian Department of Health will have access to the newer smallpox vaccine JYNNEOS to help protect those most at risk. JYNNEOS will be available in limited supply in late 2022. It is expected that a greater supply will be available from 2023. 

The Tasmanian Health Service coordinates the initial roll-out with this limited supply. It will focus on high-risk close contacts of cases and those most at risk. The vaccine will be available free of charge.

Eligibility for vaccine includes

Any questions about the availability of vaccines should be discussed with the immunisation team in the Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit (CDPU) by contacting the Public Health Hotline (details below).

  • In an emergency, call ‘000’ (triple zero) for an ambulance
  • You can also present to the emergency department of your nearest hospital or speak to your General Practitioner. Wear a face mask and call ahead to say you may have MPX.
  • For other queries, contact the Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit (CDPU) on 1800 671 738 (option 3 to speak to a Communicable Diseases Clinical Nurse Consultant) or via fax (6173 0821).

Source: https://www.health.tas.gov.au/publications/monkeypox-fact-sheet 

Last Updated: 24 August 2022

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