GRDHD to offer drive-thru monkeypox vaccination clinic on Wednesday 

October 4, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated October 3, 2022 | 11:05 pm

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Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) will offer a drive-thru monkeypox vaccination clinic on Wednesday. The clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Daviess County Health Center, located at 1600 Breckenridge Street. 

No registration is required. If applicable, bring your insurance card. Additional information can be found on GRDHD’s website here.

GRDHD Daviess County Nurse Supervisor Lyndsey Hagan said that there is not presently a case of monkeypox in the county or in the health department’s seven-county district.

Hagan said she does not believe monkeypox will become a public health risk like COVID-19 was for the county. However, she said she does think there is a potential for cases to arise in the county.

“That’s just like we’ve seen with COVID. Things do spread throughout communities and people travel to different areas, and so there is the potential that we’re probably going to see a case at some point,” Hagan said.

According to a release from GRDHD, those eligible to be vaccinated include: 

  • Anyone who reports any of the following:
    • Close contact to someone with known or suspected monkeypox virus (direct skin-to-skin contact or other close contact) 
    • Diagnosis of HIV 
    • Diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), within the prior 12 months 
    • Receiving medications to prevent HIV infection (PrEP) 
    • Exchanging sex for money or nonmonetary items 
    • Attending an event/venue where there was a high risk of exposure to an individual with monkeypox virus through skin-to-skin or sexual contact 
  • Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men or transgender people who are sexually active. 
  • Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox or orthopox virus testing. 
  • Healthcare professionals who have had high-risk occupational exposure without using recommended personal protective equipment in the past 14 days. 
  • Individuals who, on a case-by-case basis, are determined to be at high risk for contracting monkeypox 

October 4, 2022 | 12:07 am

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