PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/12/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091222
Subject:
City of Long Beach Expands Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine to Additional Groups
Contact:
Jennifer Rice Epstein
562.441.3590
Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Human Services




Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox (MPX) vaccine. This decision is in alignment with Los Angeles County and in effort to provide equitable distribution and increase access of the MPX vaccine to include populations who may be at future risk of exposure.

“Increasing access to MPX vaccines is essential to keeping our community healthy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This expansion is an important step in our response and means we can start vaccinating people who may be at future risk of exposure.”

The MPX vaccine is now available for the following people:

  • New: People living with HIV, especially people with uncontrolled or advanced HIV disease.
  • Update: People who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact with someone with suspected or confirmed monkeypox, including those who have not yet been confirmed by the Health Department.
  • Update: People of any gender or sexual orientation who engage in commercial and/or transactional sex (e.g., sex in exchange for money, shelter, food and other goods or needs).
  • People who were exposed to someone with confirmed MPX and do not have symptoms.
  • People who attended an event/venue where there was high risk of exposure to someone with confirmed MPX.
  • Gay or bisexual men and transgender people:
    • Who are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
    • Who attended saunas, bathhouses, sex clubs, circuit parties or sex parties where they had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners.
    • With a diagnosis of gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 12 months.
    • Who had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days
    • Who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons at large venues or events in the past 14 days.
    • New: Who have sex with men or transgender people.

Additionally, the Health Department is actively working to ensure access to MPX vaccine for the unhoused community who meet eligibility. The Homeless Services Bureau is in the process of identifying best practices to serve this population, including offering MPX vaccine at the City's Multi-Service Center.

The MPX vaccination site at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus, located at Parking Lot 1 on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, offers appointments and non-appointments to those who are eligible on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those seeking MPX vaccine will be required to self-attest they meet eligibility criteria prior to receiving vaccine. People interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting the State’s vaccination portal at MyTurn.ca.gov.

The City has been working diligently in its response to MPX and has been working closely with healthcare providers in the community, including sexual health clinics and LGBTQ+ centers, schools, early childhood education providers and homeless services providers to provide vaccine, education and guidance. The Health Department activated its Department Operations Center on July 20, prioritizing resources and leadership to focus on the clinical, epidemiological and community response.

As of today, there are 95 confirmed and probable cases of MPX in Long Beach. At least one has required hospitalization, and all are isolating and recovering at home or have recovered. To date, the city has administered more than 5,900 doses of MPX vaccine.

The Department encourages all residents to visit longbeach.gov/mpx for up-to-date facts on MPX, and to avoid misinformation. You can also follow updates, tips and notices on the Health Department’s social media pages @LBHealthDept and by following the hashtag #mpxLB.