The JYNNEOS vaccine to protect against mpox is free in NSW for eligible groups of people. Two doses are required. A Medicare card is not needed.

To be vaccinated against mpox, call a mpox vaccination clinic to make an appointment.

For free help in your language, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.

What vaccine can protect people against mpox?

The main vaccine to protect against mpox is called JYNNEOS. It is safe to use for people aged over 18 years, including people who are immunocompromised and people who have HIV.

It is the preferred vaccine for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It can be given at the same time as most other vaccines.

Two doses of the vaccine are required for maximum protection, given at least 28 days apart. The vaccine is most effective two weeks after the second dose and gives an 80% protection against mpox.

For more information read the Australian Department of Health's Information on JYNNEOS vaccine.

Information on what to expect after getting your JYNNEOS vaccine and common side effects is available in the post-vaccination fact sheet.

Who should be vaccinated?

The following people are recommended to be vaccinated against mpox:

  • All sexually active gay and bisexual men (cis and trans).
  • Sexual partners of the people above.
  • Sex workers.

Where can people get vaccinated?

The JYNNEOS vaccine is available at selected clinics in NSW. People must call to make an appointment.

How else can people protect themselves from mpox?

Vaccination is only one way to prevent mpox infection. There is still a risk of infection after getting the vaccine, so it’s important to take steps to reduce the chance of catching or spreading mpox.

For advice on how to stay safe from mpox, visit our Mpox information hub or ACON.

Translated information

Translated mpox fact sheets and resources are available in multiple languages.

Current as at: Tuesday 21 November 2023
Contact page owner: Communicable Diseases