The state is making monkeypox vaccine available to more people in the state.
Until now, supplies of Imvamune, the same vaccine used to treat smallpox, were limited to just 150 doses.
But it will soon double, giving states the leeway to expand availability to more people in the high-risk category.
The rollout will begin this Monday, but Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says people will have to meet certain criteria.
Fitzgerald said that people who have had or plan to have sex with more than one partner in the past 90 days, have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the past 6 months, have attended or worked elsewhere , said it includes people who have volunteered. Sexual contact in the last 90 days, whether in or out of state.
Fitzgerald acknowledges that high-risk groups and sex workers have aggressively sought vaccines to prevent the spread of monkeypox.
She noted that it disproportionately affects the gay community, but anyone can contract the virus.
Only two likely unconfirmed cases remain in the state, but Fitzgerald says more cases are likely to surface due to travel.
For more information about monkeypox and vaccinations, visit your government website or call 811.