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Pop-up Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic

August 15, 2022

Monkey Pox Vaccination Clinics

 

Hamilton Public Health is having (2) monkey pox vaccination clinics on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 18, 2022        9am-12pm   1pm-3pm 
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022        9am-12pm   1pm-3pm 

These clinics are located at Lime Ridge Mall – 2nd floor above the food court.

 

Hamilton Public Health Services is following federal and provincial guidance on the administration of Imvamune vaccines to protect those most at risk of contracting the monkeypox virus. The clinic is intended for community members 18 years old and over who are transgender or cisgender individuals who self-identify as a man and belong to the community of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men community, as well as at least one of the following:

  • Identify as a contact of an individual who recently tested positive for monkeypox.
  • Have had two or more sexual partners within the past three weeks (21 days) or may be planning to.
  • Have been diagnosed with a chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis infection over the past two months.
  • Have attended bath houses, sex clubs and other venues for sexual contact within the past three weeks (21 days); this includes workers and volunteers.
  • Have had anonymous or casual sex in the past three weeks (21 days); for example, after using an online dating app, engaged in or planning to take part in sex work.

These at-risk populations have been identified based on Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines.

Booking an appointment for a monkeypox vaccine

Vaccination is by appointment only for at-risk populations. Individuals can call the Public Health hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment.

Vaccination is being offered to these populations to protect against the monkeypox virus and can help reduce serious symptoms. Similar to many other vaccines, the Imvamune vaccine can take up to two weeks for community members to be protected from serious outcomes associated with the monkeypox virus.

 

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provincial and territorial public health partners to investigate cases of monkeypox in Canada.

 

Monkeypox is a viral disease that can spread from person-to-person through close contact including sexual contact, with an infected person’s skin, bodily fluids, mucosal surfaces (including eyes, nose and mouth), and contaminated objects or shared personal items, such as clothing, linens, bedding, towels, toothbrushes, and utensils.

 

Anyone can get infected and spread monkeypox if they come into close contact with someone who has the virus, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or race. Understanding of the virus is still evolving, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. While most reported cases in Canada in this outbreak are currently among gay and bisexual men, monkeypox is not exclusive to any group or setting. When it comes to talking about any infectious disease, stigmatization can lead to a misunderstanding of risks and negative health outcomes.

 

The outbreak investigation into cases of monkeypox is ongoing. As the investigation evolves, it is anticipated that additional cases will be reported. The latest information including on Canadian case numbers is available on Canada.ca/monkeypox.

 

Additional information

 

PHAC has information available on Canada.ca with regards to:

Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) also has a toolkit available for Pride Season: