Monkeypox:Testing and Vaccination

Monkeypox:Testing and Vaccination

Update: July 28, 2022

Vaccine Update

The City has provided Mazzoni Center with the Monkeypox vaccine, JYNNEOS, for current patients who are eligible for the vaccine. Mazzoni Center is currently seeing elegible patients for the vaccine at invite-only where they will come in for one of our vaccine clinics.You will get a call or message in the patient portal. Thank you all for your patience as we await the the city to recieve more vaccines so the guidelines can be widen.

If you or someone you know are NOT a current patient of Mazzoni Center and ARE eligible to receive the vaccine, please call the city at 215-685-5488 to be scheduled through the Philadelphia Public Health Dept. to be vaccinated.

Here are some other locations that the vaccine will be available:

   - Philadelphia FIGHT
   - Presbyterian Hospital
   - Drexel Partnership
   - PennMedicine

Phila Department of Health:  The Latest on Monkeypox

Monkeypox Testing

If you have concerns about infection, please contact your usual healthcare provider. If you are a patient here contact us via the patient portal or by phone.  Due to the infectious nature of this virus, please call the office first and do not walk in to our facility.  

Testing and treatment services are also available by appointment at District Health Centers.

Monkeypox and Philadelphia

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern.” Our goal is to provide information about monkeypox without contributing to stigma. Monkeypox can affect anyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.Currenlty Philadelphia’s monkeypox cases make up more than half of the 61 cases reported in Pennsylvania.

We here at Mazzoni Center wants you to know the facts and risks:

Monkeypox: Get the Facts

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus it can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs
  • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
  • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox

This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:

  • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a personwith monkeypox
  • Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
  • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys

We know the virus can be spread in fluid or pus from monkeypox sores, and are trying to better understand if the virus could be present in semen, vaginal fluids or other body fluids

What Are the Symptoms?

Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

A rash or sores, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest or face – sores will go through several stages before healing
Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus
Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores
Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed – this can take several weeks

If You Have a New or Unexplained Rash, Sores, or Other Symptoms...

  1. See your healthcare provider – if you don’t have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you
  2. When you see a healthcare provider for possible monkeypox, remind them that this virus is circulating in the community
  3. Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out

If You or Your Partner Have Monkeypox...

  1. Follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of your healthcare provider
  2. Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until all your sores have healed and you have a fresh layer of skin formed.

Other resources:

News Articles:

Philly health officials and leaders answer monkeypox questions at town hall | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Monkeypox vaccine limits cause frustration and fear in Philly| Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia LGBTQ Community Advocates Say Messaging Around Monkeypox Needs To Be Changed | CBSPhilly

‘I’m furious’: LGBTQ leaders and residents angered over Philly’s monkeypox vaccine shortage | WHYY

Monkeypox vaccine in short supply in Philadelphia; advocates want more access | ABC Philadelphia

Some Philadelphians say they can’t get monkeypox vaccine appointments despite meeting eligibility criteria | KYW Newsradio

LGBTQ leaders, health workers express frustration over monkeypox response. ‘It’s a human virus.’| Philadelphia Inquirer

Community leaders voice concerns about monkeypox at Mazzoni Center press conference |Philadelphia Gay News

Monkeypox, Now a Global Emergency, Has Been Found in Pa., NJ and Del. | NBC Philadelphia

WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency | KYW Newsradio

Monkeypox vaccines are now available in Philadelphia; here's how to get an appointment | PhillyVoice

Philadelphia’s monkeypox vaccine supply is getting a big boost, allowing more people to get the shot | Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. got more than 3,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine this week, but access is still limited | Philadelphia Inquirer

Monkeypox vaccines coming to Philly, but health officials say it’s not enough | Philadelphia Inquirer