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Monkeypox: Manitoba’s top doctor provides vaccine update

Manitoba will offer more monkeypox vaccination appointments.

A provincial press release on Thursday confirmed that additional appointments will be available “soon”, but no date was given.

Appointments can be made online or by calling Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.

Manitoba recently expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine, but on Monday tweeted that all appointments are booked.

To date, no cases of monkeypox have been discovered in Manitoba.

Dr Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, said the province has a “scarce resource” of monkeypox vaccine.

“It needs to be stored properly, and it’s rare because there are outbreaks happening in other jurisdictions,” he said. “We want to do everything we can to avoid any waste.”

While infections have primarily been reported among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbHSM), Roussin said it was important to avoid stigmatizing populations.

“There is a balance between communicating the risks and doing everything we can to avoid stigmatizing these populations,” he said.

Roussin added that the province will release data on the total number of monkeypox vaccines administered next week.