Monkeypox Vaccine Availability

Aug 19, 2022

Effective Monday, August 22, we will be offering the monkeypox vaccine, Imvamune, to two-spirit people, transgender people, and cisgender males who self-identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual, queer, and men who have sex with men community, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have had sex with two or more partners in the last 90 days, or are planning to do so;
  • Have received a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection in the last six months;
  • Staff volunteers in places where sexual contact may have occurred within the past 90 days, and people who have visited or are planning to visit these places whether in or outside of the province.

The vaccine will also be offered to sexual contacts of these eligibility groups as well as to people who engage in, or plan to engage in, sex work.

Individuals who meet the above criteria and are interested in receiving vaccine are asked to contact any Public Health office to coordinate an appointment.

In the current monkeypox outbreak in Canada, the spread is largely due to person-to-person spread. This can occur when someone has close contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, or skin sores. It may also occur through direct contact with clothing, sheets or other personal items that have been in contact with someone infected with the monkeypox virus.

It is important to stress that anyone regardless of their sex, gender, race, or sexual orientation can become infected with or spread the virus. We are urging everyone to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox, and to learn how to reduce the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus to others.

More information about monkeypox is available at https://www.gov.nl.ca/hcs/monkeypox/

The full list of public health offices in the western region is available here.