Monkeypox is a virus that is generally spread through close or intimate contact, with symptoms that include a rash and fever. It can also spread through contact with objects that a person with Monkeypox has used, like clothes and linens. It is much less transmissible than fast-spreading respiratory diseases like COVID-19, and this outbreak has not caused any deaths in the United States. Any person can contract monkeypox, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
The general threat of monkeypox to the public is considered LOW at this time. As monkeypox cases increase, we’re asking the community to be aware of how monkeypox spreads and practice prevention methods recommended by the CDC.
Texas Counties are grouped into eight Public Health Regions. (We’ve included a map of these regions below) Vaccines are distributed to each Public Health Region, depending on their population and number of confirmed cases. To obtain vaccines, counties send requests to DSHS. DSHS then requests vaccines from the Federal Government. The Federal Government then fulfills orders based on vaccine availability, number of confirmed cases, and state population. Vaccine shipments get sent to DSHS and the department decides how to distribute vaccines among counties in each Public Health Region.
|Public Health Region||County||Information|
|Lubbock (Region 1)||Lubbock County||There is currently no information on vaccine eligibility criteria on the City of Lubbock Public Health website.
Contact the City of Lubbock Public Health Department Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm at 806-775-2933.
|Potter County (Including Amarillo)||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the Amarillo Public Health website.
Contact Lori Burton - email@example.com ; Phone:(806) 378-6321 - Communicable Disease Expert
|Arlington (Region 2/3)||Collin County||Collin County anticipates receiving a limited supply of JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine from Texas DSHS within the next week. The vaccine can be administered to individuals that have had close, high-risk contact with a confirmed monkeypox case in the previous 14 days. If and when larger amounts of vaccine are received, Collin County will offer appointments to individuals who are disproportionately at risk of contracting monkeypox and are in the highest risk categories. When vaccine appointments become available, a link to schedule an appointment will be available on their webpage.|
|Dallas County||Vaccines remain in low supply and can only be offered to people who meet one of the below criteria. If you suspect you are at high risk, you may call (972) 692-2780. Persons who had close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox. Men 18+ who have sex with men who have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days (cis or trans men who have sex with men).|
|Denton County||Monkeypox vaccination is currently allocated for the following individuals:
Known contacts who are identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing, and risk exposure assessments
Presumed contacts who may meet the following criteria:
Know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox
Had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in a jurisdiction with known monkeypox
Map of Monkeypox cases in Denton County.
If you have additional questions about Monkeypox, contact Denton Public Health at PublicHealth@DentonCounty.gov
Tarrant County: Includes Fort Worth
To contact Tarrant County Public Health Department's call center, call 817-248-6299. The office's operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More information here.
Dallas County includes Garland, Irving, Lancaster, Richardson, Rowlett etc.
|Tyler (Region 4/5)||No information available currently about county process but folks can call the Public Health 4/5 Region at:
Sharon Huff, MD, MS, Regional Medical Director
David Leary, MSW, Deputy Regional Director
Regional Headquarters: 2521 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702, Mail Code 1901
Phone: (903) 595-3585
|South Houston (Region 6/5)||Brazoria County||Currently Brazoria County is only tracking cases on their website but does not have information on vaccine eligibility. https://www.brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/health-department/monkey-pox/ Local clinics and their contact information can be found here: https://www.brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/health-department/contact-us|
|Harris County||Vaccine Eligibility Information: Spanish | English
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and Houston Health Department (HHD) have limited JYNNEOS vaccine supply. The monkeypox vaccine is only for eligible residents who meet the criteria below and is subject to availability (first-come-first served basis). Eligible residents who live in unincorporated Harris County can receive the vaccine from HCPH. Residents who live within the City of Houston can contact HHD or click here.
Event: Monkeypox Town Hall. August 5, 2022 Register at https://bit.ly/monkeypoxhcph2
|Jefferson County||The Jefferson County Health Department placed an for Monkeypox vaccines but it may take a few weeks to be fulfilled.
The Immunization Clinic is located at 7933 Viterbo Road, Beaumont, TX 77705 Phone: (409) 719-5964
Office Hours: Monday 8:00am-12pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 12:30-4:30pm.
More information here: https://co.jefferson.tx.us/PublicHealth/PublicHealth.htm
|Austin (Region 7)||Travis County||As of 8/3/22, DSHS has delivered enough JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine doses to Austin Public Health (APH) for 1,500 people. Austin Public Health has requested more doses. For now, only those who had close contact with someone who tested positive for monkeypox case (such as a sexual partner in the past 14 days) or those who had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in a jurisdiction with known monkeypox are eligible to receive the vaccine.
If you meet the above criteria, you can book an appointment to receive the JYNNEOS vaccine through KIND Clinic at kindclinic.org/mpv but keep in mind there is a very limited supply which may affect your ability to receive the vaccine.
If you think you might have Monkeypox, contact your medical provider to get tested and receive care. If you don’t have an established medical provider, contact Austin Public Health at 512-972-5560. More information here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox#mpxvax
|Bell County||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the bell County website https://www.bellcountyhealth.org/immunizations|
|Brazos County||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the Brazos County website but they recently held a facebook live event to speak on monkeypox https://www.facebook.com/BrazosCountyHealthDistrict/videos/780128089806914|
|San Antonio (Region 8)||Bexar County||Supplies of the vaccine against monkeypox are limited at this time. In Bexar County, only people that are identified as direct contacts are eligible for vaccination. People who believe they were exposed to monkeypox can call 210-207-8876. More information about monkeypox and how to prevent infection can be found on the CDC Monkeypox website. Some of the vaccines will be allocated to local clinics specialized in HIV care including Alamo Area Resource Center, BEAT AIDS, CentroMed Santa Rosa Pavilion Clinic, Kind Clinic SA, San Antonio AIDS Foundation, FFACTS.
More information here: https://www.sanantonio.gov/health/news/alerts/monkeypox
|El Paso (Region 9/10)||El Paso County||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the El Paso Public Health website (https://www.elpasotexas.gov/public-health/services/immunizations/). Right now, the eligible population for vaccines are those who have come in close contacts to folks who have been diagnosed with monkeypox. If they know they have been in close contact with
Contact Regional Supervisor - Donna Anders 432-571-4133
|Harlingen (Region 11)||Cameron County||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the Cameron County Public Health website (https://www.cameroncountytx.gov/publichealth/immunizations-program/).
Contact Julieta Quezada, Immunization Coordinator, for updates at 956-247-3642.
|Hidalgo County||Limited amount of vaccines are currently available in Hidalgo County. If you have been in close proximity to a confirmed monkeypox case report it to Health Department at 956-383-6221. Ask to be transfered to Epidemiology Department and notify them that you believe you have been in close contact.|
|Neuces County||There is a limited supply of vaccines and the local health department is prioritizing post-exposure vaccination. Post-exposure vaccination focuses on inoculating persons within 4-14 days of when they were in close contact with persons with confirmed cases of Monkeypox.
Call 361-826-7200 Option 2 to schedule an appointment.
|Webb County||There is currently no information on vaccination eligibility criteria on the ebb County Public Health website (https://www.webbcountytx.gov/IndigentHealthCare/VaccinesForAdults/).
Contact Nora Prado, Immunization Program Supervisor, for updates at 956-523-4743 or firstname.lastname@example.org