Kenyatta promotes Philadelphia Health Department Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form

PHILA., Sept. 9 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced his support and gratitude for the Philadelphia Department of Health’s new Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form.

“We need to deploy as many tools as possible now to prevent death and despair for more individuals and their families,” Kenyatta said. “This ongoing monkeypox outbreak can be stalled and halted in its tracks. As we start receiving more vaccines and more providers grant access, more people need to get vaccinated to contain and prevent the spread of this outbreak.”

In response to the ongoing 2022 monkeypox outbreak, the accompanying vaccine shortages, and changes in methods of being vaccinated, the Philadelphia Health Department is introducing the Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form as a more efficient way for people to express interest in receiving the vaccine.

To facilitate greater access to monkeypox vaccine, the department has published a website where people can register their interest in getting vaccinated. By filling out the Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form online, a person’s eligibility to be vaccinated will be determined. Those who are eligible will be contacted to set up an appointment. Appointments will be set to ensure the vaccine is given out in the most equitable manner. Kenyatta said people who don’t immediately get an appointment will have their name added to a list to be invited in the future when more vaccine appointments are available, or they become eligible. 

The Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form is available in English and Spanish. People who do not want to, or cannot, complete it online -- or need assistance in other languages -- can call 215-685-5488 and a Philadelphia Health Department call taker will complete it for them. 

More information is available by contacting Kenyatta’s district office at 215-978-0311.