WINNIPEG — Manitoba has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine for pre-exposure prophylaxis.
The eligibility for those able to receive the vaccine takes effect Monday, August 29 and includes:
- Cisgender, transgender or two-spirit people who self-identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) community and who meet at least one of the following criteria
- Have received a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection in the past six months (previously, was a diagnosis of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis in the past two months)
- Have had two or more sexual partners in the last 90 days (previously, was in the past 21 days);
- Have had anonymous sex in the past 90 days (e.g. using apps, online sites, formal/informal gatherings) or are planning to (previously, was in the past 21 days);
- Have attended locations for sexual contact (e.g. bath houses or sex clubs) or are planning to;
- Engaged in sex work or plan to, as a worker or client; or
- Any sexual contacts of the individuals described above (new).
Newly eligible individuals will be able to begin booking vaccination appointments at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Manitoba has reported one confirmed case of monkeypox to date.