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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Two monkeypox vaccine clinics will be available in Toronto, with extended eligibility

Toronto will host two monkeypox immunisation clinics with broader eligibility.

Key Takeaways:

  • Two monkeypox vaccine clinics will be performed in Toronto this weekend, with increased eligibility, following health officials’ confirmation of 21 cases in Ontario.
  • According to health officials, monkeypox is transmitted from person to person by contact with infected sores, scabs, or bodily fluids.
  • Symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, and the formation of a rash or lesions.

This weekend, two monkeypox vaccination clinics will be held in Toronto, with increased eligibility, as health officials confirmed 21 cases in Ontario, the most of which are in the Greater Toronto Area.

The 2 vaccination clinics will take place on June 18 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The 519 (519 Church St.) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Metro Hall (55 John St.).

The clinics are for transgender or cisgender people over the age of 8 who self-identify as a man as well as belong to “the community of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men,” according to officials.

These people must also be members of one of the following groups to be eligible:

Contacting someone who has recently tested positive for monkeypox is a good idea.

Within the last 21 days, you’ve had 2 or more sexual partners.

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In the last 21 months, you’ve been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or syphilis.

Within the last 21 days, you’ve visited bathhouses, sex clubs, and other places for sexual intercourse.

In the last 21 days, you’ve experienced anonymous or casual sex.

The first monkeypox vaccination clinic was held exclusively for bathhouse workers in Toronto to protect individuals who had close contact with someone who had tested positive or was at a higher risk of exposure.

There were 21 instances of monkeypox in Ontario as of Friday. Eighteen illnesses were found in Toronto, with isolated cases recorded in Ottawa, Halton, and Middlesex-London.

There are 11 probable cases as well as 25 suspected cases, according to provincial officials.

Toronto will host two monkeypox immunisation clinics with broader eligibility.
Toronto will host two monkeypox immunisation clinics with broader eligibility. Image from The New York Times

All confirmed infections have been found in men between 20 and 69, although 12 of the probable and suspected cases have been found in women.

According to health officials, monkeypox is passed from person to person by contact with infected sores, scabs, or bodily fluids. It can also be spread by contacting contaminated items like clothing or bedding.

Fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, and also the appearance of a rash or lesions are all symptoms. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads to other body parts.

“The majority of victims recover from monkeypox without treatment,” officials said in a statement released Friday.

“Vaccination against the monkeypox virus is available and can help decrease serious symptoms. The Imvamune vaccination, like most vaccines, can take up to two weeks to protect inhabitants from the catastrophic repercussions of the monkeypox virus.”

Source: CTV news

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