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Niagara Region Public Health hosting second-dose monkeypox vaccination clinics

Today, Niagara Region Public Health hosted its first second-dose monkeypox vaccination clinic for high-risk community members. As per recent updates to guidance by the Ministry of Health, eligible individuals who received a first dose of the Imvamune vaccine may now receive a second dose at least 28 days after their first dose. More information is available on the Ministry of Health’s website.

First and second-dose appointments are available at upcoming clinics on Oct. 24 and 31. Clinics will operate by appointment only at various Niagara Region Public Health locations. Eligible individuals can book an appointment by calling NRPH at 905-688-8248 option or 1-800-263-7248 ext. 7425.

Niagara Region Public Health continues to follow provincial guidance on administering of Imvamune vaccines to protect at-risk populations against the monkeypox virus. Based on Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, vaccines will be offered to:

  • Two-spirit, non-binary, transgender, cisgender, intersex or gender-queer individuals who self-identify or have sexual partners who self-identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual, pansexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) community AND at least one of the following:
    • ​Had a confirmed sexually transmitted infection (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) within the last year
    • Have or are planning to have two or more sexual partners, or are in a relationship where at least one of the partners may have other sexual partners
    • Have attended venues for sexual contact (such as bath houses, sex clubs) recently or may be planning to, or who work / volunteer in these settings
    • Have had anonymous sex (for example, using hookup apps) recently or may be planning to; and / or
    • Are a sexual contact of an individual who engages in sex work
  • Individuals who self-identify as engaging in sex work or are planning to, regardless of self-identified sex or gender
  • Household and / or sexual contacts of those identified for the monkeypox vaccine, as listed above, AND are moderately to severely immunocompromised or pregnant (may be at higher risk for severe illness from a monkeypox infection) may be considered

For more information visit niagararegion.ca/monkeypox.

Media Inquiries

Alex Rankin
Niagara Region
905-980-6000
alexandra.rankin@niagararegion.ca


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