The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has asked Cooper University Health Care to coordinate monkeypox vaccinations for South Jersey. NJDOH will be supplying a limited amount of the monkeypox vaccine to a few hospitals across the state. Cooper, which coordinated the state’s COVID-19 response in southern New Jersey, will again play this role for monkeypox.
Because vaccine supply is very limited, vaccinations will be available only to New Jersey residents meeting specific NJDOH requirements, including those with a known or suspected exposure to monkeypox or to those who are at high risk for having been exposed to monkeypox in the past 14 days.
The monkeypox vaccine requirements are as follows:
- People who attended an event where known monkeypox exposure occurred within past 14 days
- People who identify as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men and/or transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary and who have a history of multiple or anonymous sex partners within past 14 days
- People who have a weakened immune system
- People who have a history of atopic dermatitis or eczema
- People who have known contact with someone who tested positive for orthopoxvirus or monkeypox virus within past 14 days
Patients who meet the exposure or risk criteria outlined above will be able to schedule the monkeypox vaccine beginning today by calling (856) 968-7100 Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., or Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments may also be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through https://my.cooperhealth.org/mychart/authentication/login [my.cooperhealth.org]
Vaccination will take place by appointment only (no walk-ins) at the Cooper Vaccine and Testing Clinic, Cooper University Hospital, 300 Broadway, Camden, NJ. (At the intersection of Broadway and MLK Blvd. Entrance off of MLK Blvd. Follow the signs; do not drive into parking garage.)
“We appreciate the State Department of Health’s work to contain the spread of monkeypox and we are happy to be able to assist this important effort to protect the communities we serve in South Jersey,” said Joseph Montella, Chief Medical Officer at Cooper University Health Care.
For more information about New Jersey efforts to stem the spread of monkeypox, visit the NJ Department of Health website.