Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Toolkit

Who should use this toolkit? Health departments, public health partners, and groups working with populations most affected by monkeypox.

What is this toolkit about? This toolkit provides strategies, actions, and resources to increase vaccination among populations most affected by monkeypox but less likely to be vaccinated.

How should I use this toolkit? Use the resources and information below to address disparities and increase vaccine access for priority populations.

Vaccine Equity

CDC is committed to monkeypox vaccine equity, which means everyone has fair and just access to vaccination. Many social, geographic, political, economic, and environmental factors create challenges to health equity and vaccination access. Racial and ethnic minorities, including those who are also minority gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are often most impacted. Some of these factors include:

  • Education, income, and wealth gaps
  • Job access and working conditions
  • Racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination
  • Gaps in healthcare access
  • Transportation and neighborhood conditions
  • Lack of trust as a result of past medical racism and experimentation

Equity-focused vaccine projects present an opportunity to reach populations who are most affected by monkeypox but are less likely to be vaccinated. These projects may reach populations who face barriers to vaccination such as language differences, location of vaccination sites, lack of transportation, lack of paid time off, low vaccine confidence, mistrust of government, lack of access to online scheduling technology, and fear of stigma.

The U.S. government is working with state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments and other community partners to distribute vaccines where they are needed most. Several efforts are underway, including:

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