On June 16, 2022, monkeypox was designated a Disease of Public Health Significance (DOPHS). See related information below:
- Medical Advisory: Monkeypox Designated as a Disease of Public Health Significance
- Ministry of Health Memorandum re: Moneypox
- Appendix 1: Case Definitions and Disease-Specific Information for Smallpox and other Orthopoxviruses including Monkeypox
Monkeypox Vaccine Clinics
City of Hamilton Public Health Services have started to host monkeypox vaccination clinics for at-risk community members.
While the risk to Hamiltonians from this infection remains very low, Hamilton Public Health Services is working closely with the Ontario Ministry of Health, Toronto Public Health and other Public Health Units in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to ensure there are proactive actions taken in response to the virus.
Hamilton Public Health Services is following federal and provincial guidance on the administration of Imvamune vaccines to protect those most at risk of contracting the monkeypox virus.
The clinic is intended for community members 18-years old and over who are transgender or cisgender individuals who self-identify as a man and belong to the community of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men community, as well as at least one of the following:
- Identify as a contact of an individual who recently tested positive for monkeypox.
- Have had two or more sexual partners within the past three weeks (21 days) or may be planning to.
- Have been diagnosed with a chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis infection over the past two months.
- Have attended bath houses, sex clubs and other venues for sexual contact within the past three weeks (21 days); this includes workers and volunteers.
- Have had anonymous or casual sex in the past three weeks (21 days); for example, after using an online dating app, engaged in or planning to take part in sex work.
These at-risk populations have been identified based on Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines.
Booking an appointment for a monkeypox vaccine
Vaccination is by appointment only for at-risk populations. Individuals can call the Public Health hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment