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Montreal Has A Pop-Up Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic Until August 7

It’s contagious, but vaccines are available. Here's what you need to know.

Staff Writer
Monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox virus.

As of August 4, Quebec has reported 407 total cases of monkeypox, a virus whose symptoms include skin lesions, usually in the mouth or genital area. In response, Montreal has created a free pop-up vaccination clinic located in the Village (1254, rue Sainte-Catherine Est) through Pride Week and vaccinations are available at multiple locations by appointment on clic santé.

Monkeypox, also called simian pox, is transmitted through prolonged close contact, including during sex and other physically intimate interactions. An infected symptomatic person can spread the virus as soon as symptoms are detectable, and this contagiousness lasts until the sores have fully healed. The illness can last for up to a month.

Vaccinations are being prioritized for anyone who has had prolonged exposure to someone who is suspected or confirmed to have the virus. If you’ve had direct contact with any objects, including bedding, that may have been contaminated, you’re also eligible. Gay, bisexual, and/or trans men and people who have sex with men are also being prioritized. Anyone can contract monkeypox, regardless of their recent intimate contact and sexuality.

People who work at queer events and gatherings that involve sexual intimacy are on that list, too.

The vaccine is only available for those who don’t have symptoms.

If you’ve been exposed, Montreal public health advises that you monitor your symptoms for 21 days.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, Montreal public health indicates you should wear a mask, cover your lesions (for safety, not for beauty!), and make a doctor’s appointment if possible. Most cases are not life-threatening.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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