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The Milwaukee VA has a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine. We're offering the vaccine to enrolled Veterans at risk of infection.

Vaccine eligibility

Wisconsinites who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine

  • 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: 
    • People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox. 
    • Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals, who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days. 
  • People considered to have elevated risk of exposure to monkeypox in the future: 
    • Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals who:
      • Expect to have multiple or anonymous sex partners. This may include people living with HIV and people who take HIV PrEP because of increased risk of sexually-transmitted infections.  
      • Have new diagnosis of one or more nationally reportable sexually transmitted diseases (i.e., acute HIV, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis).
    • People who attended or had sex at a commercial sex venue or an event or venue where there was known monkeypox transmission or exposure.
    • Sexual partners of people with the above risks.
    • People who anticipate experiencing the above risks.
  • People in certain occupational exposure risk groups:
    • Clinical laboratory personnel who perform testing to diagnose orthopoxviruses, including those who use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for diagnosis of orthopoxviruses, including Monkeypox virus. 
    • Research laboratory workers who directly handle cultures or animals contaminated or infected with orthopoxviruses that infect humans, including Monkeypox virus, replication-competent Vaccinia virus, or recombinant Vaccinia viruses derived from replication-competent Vaccinia virus strains. 
    • Laboratory staff working with lesion swabs that may contain orthopoxviruses. This includes staff that handle swabs of lesions from suspect monkeypox cases or test for things other than orthopoxviruses, including Varicella zoster virus or Herpes virus. This also includes microbiologists that do standard bacterial cultures from these lesion swabs.
    • Certain health care providers working in sexual health clinics or other specialty settings directly caring for patients with sexually transmitted infections. 

If you have questions about your eligibility for the vaccine, please discuss this with your medical provider.


Enrolled Veterans who meet any of the above criteria and would like to receive the monkeypox vaccine need to get an order from their medical provider. Only Veterans who have an order from their care team will be able to schedule appointments.