Monkeypox vaccinations

Vaccination needle and the text monkeypox.

Page last reviewed 30.11.2022

Monkeypox vaccinations are offered to people at high risk of being infected with monkeypox. In Helsinki, you can get vaccinated by making an appointment at Hivpoint’s office in Kalasatama or at the City of Helsinki’s vaccination point in Jätkäsaari. The vaccination is free of charge and can be administered by appointment. The City of Helsinki is responsible for the vaccinations.

The second dose of monkeypox vaccinations will be available by appointment at Hivpoint and Jätkäsaari vaccination point from 5th of December until 22nd of December. Appointments will be available for booking on the 28th of November. First vaccination day at Hivpoint is 7th of December.

The first dose of monkeypox vaccinations are also available by appointment.

If you have questions about the vaccine, symptoms that may appear after the vaccination or possible interactions, please call the City of Helsinki’s monkeypox vaccination helpline: 040 514 9786 or 09 310 65736. The helpline is open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.

Who are the vaccinations for?

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has decided that vaccinations will be given to persons most at risk of contracting monkeypox. Persons eligible to get the vaccine include:  

  • Men who have sex with men and use PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) medication for HIV prevention
  • Men who have sex with men and are waiting for PrEP treatment
  • HIV-positive men who have sex with men and have had multiple sexual partners over the past six months
  • Men who have sex with men, have had multiple sexual partners over the past six months and have had at least one of the following:
    • group sex, or 
    • a diagnosed sexually transmitted infection, or 
    • a visit to places in Finland or abroad that involved sex between men, or
    • participation in events in Finland or abroad that involved sex between men. 

The City of Helsinki arranges vaccinations for Helsinki residents and those staying in Helsinki for a long time (including undocumented migrants). Residents of other municipalities can also get vaccinated at Helsinki’s vaccination points. Check the website of your own municipality for more detailed instructions.

What is the monkeypox vaccination? 

In Finland, the vaccine used to prevent the spread of monkeypox is called Jynneos. The vaccine protects against monkeypox and smallpox.

Two doses of the vaccine spaced at least 28 days (4 weeks) apart are recommended for the best protection. A single dose of the vaccine provides good protection against monkeypox. The second dose in the vaccination series mainly increases the duration of immune protection.

What are the benefits of the vaccination? 

The monkeypox vaccine provides protection against monkeypox and smallpox. The vaccine helps the body defend itself against the monkeypox virus. As a result, the symptoms of the disease may be milder, or infection can be completely prevented. It is good to remember that the vaccine does not eliminate the risk of infection entirely.

How can I book an appointment for the vaccination? 

The second (and also the first) dose of monkeypox vaccinations will be available by appointment at Hivpoint and Jätkäsaari vaccination point from 5th of December until 22nd of December.

Appointments for second (and also the first) dose of vaccination at Hivpoint will be available for booking on the 28th of November. You can book the appointment here:

Hivpoint’s office is wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair lift has been repaired.

You can get the monkeypox vaccination also at the City of Helsinki’s vaccination point in Jätkäsaari. To make an appointment please contact Jätkäsaari vaccination point: tel. 09 310 46300 (mon-fri from 9am to 3pm), address Tyynenmerenkatu 6 L 3. Jätkäsaari vaccination point is wheelchair accessible.

See information on vaccinations in other cities from their website.

What should I consider when getting vaccinated?  

You can obtain the vaccine with an identity document. Be prepared to prove your identity with a personal ID or Kela card, passport or driver’s license and get ready to present it while waiting.

Wear a mask and take care of good hand hygiene when getting vaccinated.

Please note that you should not take the monkeypox vaccine if you have received an influenza or a corona vaccine within two weeks. You should also not take an influenza or a corona vaccine for two weeks after receiving the monkeypox vaccine. For information concerning other vaccines, please contact your health care provider.

Do not get vaccinated if you have symptoms suggestive of a monkeypox infection or a febrile infection. The vaccine must not be given if the person has symptoms consistent for monkeypox. 

Whom is the vaccine not suitable for?

The vaccine will not be given to a person who has had an anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of Jynneos or Imvanex or any of the vaccines’ components.

If you have a severe immunosuppressive condition, please consult your doctor about getting vaccinated before booking an appointment.

What should be considered after vaccination? 

It is important for you to wait for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine so you may be observed for any reactions and treated if necessary.

After vaccination, local symptoms at the injection site, such as pain, redness, swelling and itching, are common. Transient general symptoms such as muscle pain, headache, fatigue, nausea and chills are also common. Other side effects are rare. 

What if I have already had monkeypox? 

If you have had monkeypox this year (2022), you do not need the vaccine. 

What if I have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms suggestive for monkeypox? 

If you know you have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms consistent for monkeypox, contact your healthcare provider. In the HUS area, you can contact the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Outpatient Clinic.  

More information about monkeypox

Information about monkeypox on Hivpoint’s website.

Information about monkeypox on the website of the Finnish institute for health and welfare.

Questions? 

If you have questions about monkeypox vaccinations, you can call Hivpoint’s helpline or ask a question in the chat service. Check the contact details and opening hours of the counselling services here >> 

You can also email a question to palvelut@hivpoint.fi. We aim to respond to emails within the next working day.  

The City of Helsinki’s monkeypox vaccine helpline will answer to all questions about the vaccine, any symptoms that may appear after the vaccination or possible interactions. Phone numbers are 040 514 9786 and 09 310 65736. The helpline is open Mon-Fri 9.00-15.00.