Monkeypox immunization appointments now available across the province

August 10, 2022

Starting today, Albertans aged 18 and older who self-identify as meeting the eligibility criteria for targeted prevention of monkeypox, prior to an exposure, can book an appointment to receive monkeypox vaccine in nine cities across the province, including Calgary, Edmonton, Edson, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and St. Paul.

Appointments are required. Anyone who is eligible and interested in receiving the monkeypox vaccine must call Health Link at 1-866-301-2668 to review eligibility and book an appointment.

Imvamune (smallpox and monkeypox vaccine) has been authorized in Canada for adults who are 18 years and older and who are determined to be at high risk for exposure to the virus. Alberta has been providing Imvamune to close contacts of a confirmed monkeypox case after exposure since June 7. To help curb the spread of the virus, Alberta expanded the monkeypox vaccine eligibility to include Albertans who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox and began vaccine administration in Calgary and Edmonton on July 29. By expanding availability beyond these two cities, AHS is further enhancing the opportunity for more eligible people in Alberta to receive the vaccine.

Vaccine eligibility

Alberta residents 18 years and older eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include:

Protection against monkeypox virus

Close contacts of people suspected or confirmed to have a monkeypox infection may also be eligible for post-exposure immunization. Immunization is recommended up to 14 days, and ideally within 4 days, after exposure to help prevent illness. Close contacts are also advised to self-monitor for 21 days after their last exposure. If symptoms develop, they should self-isolate, seek care and get tested. Call 811 for further information.

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Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.