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Toronto Public Health Launches Vaccination Clinics in Response to Rising Mpox Cases

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has announced the launch of additional vaccination clinics in response to a surge in mpox cases since the beginning of the year. The initiative aims to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated against the virus, formerly known as monkeypox, to curb its spread within the community.

The clinics, offering low-barrier and convenient access to vaccination, are set to commence on April 3, with the first clinic scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The 519, located at 519 Church St. This particular session will operate on a walk-in basis. Following this, another clinic will be held on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Metro Hall, 214 Wellington St. W, with appointments required.

TPH emphasized the importance of booking appointments through their online booking system, with appointments set to be added later in the week. Additional clinic locations, dates, and times will be announced on TPH’s social media channels and website as they become available.

While walk-in appointments are available at certain clinics, eligible residents can also opt to receive the vaccine by appointment only at the Crossways and Scarborough Sexual Health Clinics.

The mpox vaccine is provided free of charge, and possession of an OHIP card is not a requirement for vaccination. Residents are encouraged to inquire about vaccine availability at their current sexual healthcare service providers as well.

Individuals eligible for vaccination are advised to receive their first dose as soon as possible, with the second dose administered at least 28 days later. The vaccine reaches its maximum effectiveness two weeks after the second dose. Residents planning to travel are urged to get vaccinated before departure, considering the increasing incidence of mpox cases globally.

Furthermore, TPH stressed the importance of vaccination in protecting against mpox and reducing the severity of symptoms. Those who have previously received a smallpox vaccination are not immune to mpox and are encouraged to get vaccinated.

Mpox is a virus transmitted through contact with infected lesions, body fluids, or respiratory secretions. Symptoms typically appear five to 21 days after exposure and include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash or blisters on the skin.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, residents are directed to visit the City’s dedicated mpox webpage.

In light of the rising cases, Toronto Public Health urges residents to take proactive measures by getting vaccinated to safeguard their health and that of the community against mpox.


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