Mpox (monkeypox) is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It typically results in a mild illness associated with a rash. It is spread mostly through prolonged physical or intimate (skin-to-skin) contact with someone who has mpox. Most people recover within a few weeks.
Since May 2022, there has been an ongoing multi-country outbreak of mpox involving more than 100 countries. mpox is currently spreading within local communities in regions where mpox is not usually seen. The current outbreak is mostly impacting men who have sex with men.
In Victoria, the mpox vaccine (JYNNEOS® vaccine) is available free-of-charge for people who meet any of the updated eligibility criteria. Please check eligibility criteria here.
Mpox vaccinations bookings are open for eligible people in at the Barwon Health Vaccination Centre in Belmont (see map here), as well as at pop-up clinics at other locations across the Barwon South West.
Mpox vaccination is currently by appointment only. Strictly no walk-ins
- Barwon Health Vaccination Centre - Reynolds Road, Belmont: To make an Mpox vaccination booking at the Barwon Health Vaccination Centre in Belmont call 03 4215 4444.
- Kardinia Health - Colac Road, Belmont:To make an Mpox vaccination booking at Kardinia Health call 03 5202 9333.
Hamilton, Portland and Warrnamobool:
Regional clinic locations subject to change - Location details and directions will be provided in your booking confirmation.
More information on Mpox is available from the Victorian Department of Health and the Better Health Channel.
Post-exposure preventive vaccination (PEPV) for high-risk close contacts of mpox cases, preferably within 4 days.
Primary preventive vaccination (PPV) has been expanded to include:
All sexually active gay and bisexual men (cis and trans).
Sexual partners of the above.
Immunisation providers who are administering the ACAM2000™ smallpox vaccine.
Laboratory workers who analyse specimens from mpox cases.
Vaccination may also be considered for healthcare workers at higher risk of exposure to patients with mpox, including primary care, sexual health clinics, hospital staff and others, based on local risk assessments. The risk of transmission should be also minimised by using infection control measures.
Two doses are required for optimal protection and can be given 28 days apart. The mpox vaccine takes approximately 14 days before it is effective.
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Last Modified: Wednesday, 24 May 2023