According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the Geneous Monkey Disease vaccine will be available to those who qualify this Sunday at the Blaisdell Center.
Appointments are now open for vaccinations, Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm at the Blaisdell Exhibit Hall, 777 Ward Avenue, and will be offered at the same time on August 20.
DOH requires appointments, which can be made by calling 808-586-4462 or online at health.hawaii.gov/docd/mpxvax. The vaccinations are also available at community partner sites on Oahu and neighboring islands.
Due to limited supply, DOH is only offering the Genius vaccine to high-risk populations.
To be eligible, Hawaii residents 18 and older must meet one of the following requirements:
>> Individual(s) exposed to confirmed orthopoxvirus/monkey virus within the last 14 days.
>> Homosexuals, bisexuals, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals who have been in close contact with places or areas known to have monkeypox in the past 14 days.
Health officials say Jynneos has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a two-dose vaccine to prevent rabies in adults. With limited supplies and the goal of protecting as many people as possible, DOH is only targeting individuals for the first dose at this time.
Officials said that since no vaccine is 100% effective, it is important for individuals to reduce their risk of exposure to monkeypox before and after receiving the vaccine.