Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Sarah Tackebury - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

MPV Vaccine Eligibility


Monkeypox (MPV) vaccine supply is currently very limited. While MPV could affect anyone, vaccination is limited to those that have been found to be at highest risk for MPV infection at this time. Guidance is subject to change based on vaccine supply and changes in the risks for infection.

Eligibility for MPV vaccine:

  • Any sex partner, household contact, or other very close contact to a person with MPV in the past 14 days.

  • Anyone that plans to, or has within the last 14 days, had multiple anonymous sex partners.

  • Anyone that plans to, or has within the last 14 days, had close contact with others at a high-risk event or high-risk venue*.

  • Anyone taking HIV PreP or living with HIV.

  • Anyone that trades sex for money or drugs.

  • Any man who has sex with men and has had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the last year.

  • Anyone who has a partner that engages in higher-risk sexual activities, like having multiple anonymous sex partners.

  • Anyone with a close/household contact that has been exposed to MPV or is at higher risk due to their activities.

  • Any laboratory worker who performs testing for MPV (not collecting or packaging specimens).

  • Anyone that lives or works in a crowded setting that could be at risk for a MPV outbreak, based on the local MPV activity.


*A high-risk event or venue might be one where there is minimal clothing and direct, personal, often skin-to-skin contact or where intimate, often anonymous sexual contact occurs with multiple partners.

If you believe you are eligible, please contact the health department at (989) 895 - 4009, Extension 1.

Additional MPOX resources can be found on the MDHHS website.