The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the Monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency. The City of Hollywood has been monitoring the outbreak and, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, is responding by opening a free vaccination site in Hollywood.
Vaccinations are taking place Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the David Park Community Center, 108 N. 33rd Court in Hollywood. The site will be open Monday, August 15, 2022 through Friday, August 26, 2022. The vaccination site is by appointment only, walkups will not be accepted. Those 18 and older wishing to be vaccinated with the JYNNEOS vaccine are encouraged to schedule an appointment online here. Please note: if the link to schedule an appointment is inactive, that means all available appointment times have been filled. Please check back again frequently, as new appointment times become available.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose vaccine taken 28 days apart. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose of JYNNEOS for its immune protection to reach its maximum.
Consult your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed, are at a high risk for exposure, or to see if you should get vaccinated. The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed and people who are at higher risk of being exposed. 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
- People whose jobs may expose them to orthopoxviruses, such as:
- Laboratory workers who perform testing for orthopoxviruses
- Laboratory workers who handle cultures or animals with orthopoxviruses
- Some designated healthcare or public health workers
If you or your healthcare provider suspect a possible case of monkeypox, please call the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850.245.4401.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
Am I at risk of getting monkeypox? People can get monkeypox if they have close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. Early indications are that events with activities in which people engage in close, sustained skin-to-skin contact have resulted in cases of monkeypox. If you plan to attend an event, consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur there.
What are some of the symptoms of monkeypox?
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
- The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
- See a healthcare provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other monkeypox symptoms.
- Avoid close contact (including intimate physical contact) with others until a healthcare provider examines you.
- Avoid close contact with pets or other animals until a healthcare provider examines you.
- If you’re waiting for test results, follow the same precautions.
- If your test result is positive, stay isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.
How can monkeypox be prevented? Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Do not share eating utensils or cups or handle or touch their bedding, towels, or clothing. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. CDC tips to lower your risk.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monkeypox website for more information.