The county’s public health officials have launched a preregistration survey to help determine who is interested in getting an appointment for monkeypox (MPX) vaccination, according to an announcement.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra yesterday declared the disease a public health emergency intended to boost the production and distribution of both vaccines and treatments.
In the meantime, the vaccine remains in short supply across the country and in Montgomery County.
The survey, for county residents 18 and older, also will identify those at risk for having been exposed to MPX in the past four to 14 days, the announcement reads.
“As with the early days of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, there is more demand for vaccination than there is supply,” Dr. James Bridgers, acting county health officer, said in a press release. “The preregistration system will help us identify those who are eligible for vaccination and provides us a way to contact them when vaccine doses are available.”
Appointments will be based on eligibility and supply and are not guaranteed.
The online survey is now available on the MPX website in English and Spanish; additional languages will be added by the end of the week.
The site also includes information about symptoms, how to prevent the virus, and treatments.
County public health officials today launched an online preregistration survey for MPX vaccination appointments, while the County has a limited supply of doses. Appointments are based on eligibility & vaccine supply & are not guaranteed.
— Montgomery County DHHS (@MoCoDHHS) August 4, 2022