Several clusters of monkeypox have been reported starting in May 2022 in several countries that don't normally report monkeypox, including in the U.S. Monkeypox can spread to any individual from anyone who has the virus through direct contact with rashes, scabs; respiratory droplets from face-to-face interactions; or close, intimate contact.

Healthcare providers should be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Healthcare providers should


Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to your Local Health Department

Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus that can affect anyone. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. Monkeypox does not spread easily to people without close contact. At this time, cases of monkeypox are relatively rare in the United States. People who think they may have been exposed to monkeypox or who have symptoms of monkeypox should consult with a healthcare provider.

NJDOH is working in conjunction with CDC and local health departments, to quickly identify monkeypox cases and close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and further prevent the spread of disease. CDC is working with state and local health officials to monitor probable and confirmed cases within the country.

Frequently Asked Questions about Monkeypox

Monkeypox in New Jersey

Number of Probable and Confirmed Cases*


Data as of August 9, 2022

*NJ case counts may vary from CDC case counts based on different reporting timeframes.


Vaccine Information

The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox.

Who can get vaccinated

The vaccine for monkeypox is called JYNNEOS.

With the current limited supply of JYNNEOS vaccine in New Jersey, the following residents may be eligible for vaccination: *

  • People who have known contact with someone who tested positive for orthopoxvirus or monkeypox virus within past 14 days (contact your local health department to coordinate vaccination)

  • People who attended an event where known monkeypox exposure occurred within 14 days (make an appointment at a vaccine location)

  • People who identify as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men (MSM), and/or transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary and who have a history of multiple or anonymous sex with partners within past 14 days (make an appointment at a vaccine location)

*New Jersey is expecting additional doses from CDC and as the State gets additional supply the Department will continue to expand access to the vaccine.

Where to get vaccinated

Vaccination is done by appointment only.

Information on vaccine appointments through the expanded PEP program is available through these community partners:

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Location: Annex 2 (white tent structure), 230 East Ridgewood Ave, Paramus
Phone: 800-730-2762

Cooper Vaccine Clinic, Cooper University Hospital

Location: 300 Broadway, Camden
Phone: 856-968-7100


Eric B. Chandler Health Center

277 George St, New Brunswick


Hyacinth AIDS Foundation/Project Living Out Loud!

Location: Jersey City
Phone: 201-706-3480


North Hudson Community Action Corporation

Locations: HCCC, 4800 Kennedy Blvd, Union City and HCCC, 70 Sip St, Jersey City

North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)

Location: Newark
Phone: 973-483-3444 ext. 200


Passaic County Health Department

Location: 930 Riverview, Rear, Suite 250, Totowa
Phone: 973-881-4396


The Prevention Resource Network, a program of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey

Location: Asbury Park


Zufall Health Center 

Location: 18 West Blackwell St, Dover
Phone: 973-891-3419


Check with your local health department or visit this page for updates on vaccination. 

Additional vaccine information:



For More Information
Last Reviewed: 8/9/2022