August 19, 2022
Given the epidemiology of the outbreak in Canada, and following the lead of other jurisdictions in the country, starting Monday, August 22 Central Health will be offering the Imvamune vaccine 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;
Have attended, worked, or volunteered in venues or other locations for sexual contact within the past 90 days or may be planning to do so, 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 a Public Health office of their choice. Contact information for Public Health offices within the Central Newfoundland region can be found on the Central Health website – www.centralhealth.nl.ca – or by clicking here. Public Health staff will collect information and provide an appointment for receipt of the vaccine.
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.
If individuals believe that they have been exposed and/or are experiencing symptoms, they should contact their health care provider or call 811 to arrange for further assessment and testing if required.
Central Health will continue to communicate as additional vaccine information becomes available. For more information please visit www.gov.nl.ca/hcs/monkeypox/.