What you need to know about the monkeypox vaccine

Nurse Sophia Mineros administers a dose of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a Los Angeles County vaccination site on Aug. 10. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Monkeypox is rapidly spreading in the United States in an outbreak the Biden administration has declared a public health emergency.

Unlike the early days of the novel coronavirus, the United States has a vaccine available to protect people against monkeypox — both before and after exposure to the virus. But supplies are limited, and public health authorities are prioritizing high-risk groups while awaiting additional shipments.

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Here is more information about the vaccine, its effectiveness and who should be receiving it. You can learn more about monkeypox symptoms, how it spreads and treatments in this separate explainer.