By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CAMDEN, N.J. — Cooper University Hospital in Camden has begun administering monkeypox vaccines to residents without a confirmed exposure who believe they may have been exposed or are at high risk for having been exposed to the virus.
Due to the limited supply, vaccinations will be available only to New Jersey residents meeting specific state Department of Health 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
“As Camden County has now identified four probable cases of monkeypox, it’s reassuring that we will have another vaccination site to help fight the spread of this disease,” Paschal Nwako, Camden County health officer and public health coordinator, said in a press release from the county. “Even with this additional resource, we still need everyone to continue exercising caution when it comes to interacting with people outside of your household and stay aware of any symptoms. These symptoms include fever, headache, muscle ache, chills, and a pimple or blister like rash.”
The Cooper Vaccine and Testing Clinic is located at Cooper University Hospital, 300 Broadway, Camden New Jersey at the intersection of Broadway and MLK Boulevard.
The vaccines will be administered by appointment only Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 856-968-7100 or go online at https://my.cooperhealth.org/mychart/authentication/login.
“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,” Joseph Montella, Chief Medical Officer at Cooper University Health Care, said.
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