LOS ANGELES, CA – Having declared a state of emergency in light of the recent monkeypox outbreak, Los Angeles County, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, is adding an additional walk-up public monkeypox vaccination site for eligible residents who have pre-registered and received a text message from the Department of Public Health. The site is located at Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, and will vaccinate approximately 300 residents from 12 pm to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residents who have not pre-registered and received a text are not able to be vaccinated at this location. Please note that monkeypox vaccination pre-registration reached capacity and is currently paused.
“As the monkeypox outbreak continues, it is critical that we increase accessibility to the vaccine for at-risk communities,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “With the launch of the monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Park, LA County is making it easier for residents in hard-hit communities to get vaccinated. I encourage residents to assess their risk and take steps to protect themselves from monkeypox as we wait for additional doses to Los Angeles County.”
“Now is the time to prepare, not panic,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Angelenos can rest assured knowing the City is working hand in hand with the County, as well as state and federal agencies, to ensure Los Angeles is ready for any scenario and will be ready to scale our efforts as circumstances evolve and vaccine availability increases.”
In addition to the new site at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles County is working with other partners to secure additional pop-up vaccination locations, including the Silverlake region.
The monkeypox vaccine is currently available to gay or bisexual men and transgender persons 18 years of age and older who:
- had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days including engaging in survival and/or transactional sex (e.g., sex in exchange for shelter, food and other goods and needs)
Residents who meet prior eligibility criteria are still eligible for vaccination, including those who:
- were diagnosed with gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 12 months; or
- are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); or
- attended or worked at a commercial sex venue or other venue where they had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners (e.g., saunas, bathhouses, sex clubs, sex party) within past 21 days.
Note: Residents who are immunocompromised (including if they have advanced or uncontrolled HIV), may be at high risk for severe disease and will be prioritized for vaccination.
To get vaccinated, residents can contact their healthcare provider to find out if they are a monkeypox vaccine provider and ask to get vaccinated; or pre-register for a monkeypox appointment through Public Health once registration re-opens as it has currently reached capacity.
Those without access to the internet or needing help with registration once it re-opens can call (833) 540-0473 for assistance (open 7 days a week, 8:00 am – 8:30 pm).
LA County is also directly communicating with the following groups to provide vaccination:
- People who have had high- or intermediate-risk contact with someone with monkeypox (as defined by CDC and confirmed by Public Health).
- People who attended an event or venue where there was high risk of exposure through skin-to-skin or sexual contact to individual(s) with monkeypox. (Public Health will work with event/venue organizers to identify persons who may have been present and at risk of exposure).
- Persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) with high-risk behaviors.
- People in high-risk cohorts identified by clinical staff in the Los Angeles County jail system.
- Community-based organizations providing resources and services to high-risk populations.
For more information, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/monkeypox/.