Eligible Red Deerians can now be vaccinated for Monkey Pox as well as several other cities in the province.  

Alberta residents 18 years and older eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include:  

  • Transgender, cisgender or two-spirit individuals 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 recent (in the last six months) diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection.  
    • Are planning to have, or in the past 90 days had, sex outside of a mutually monogamous relationship.  
    • Have attended venues for sexual contact within the past 90 days (e.g., bath houses, sex clubs) or may be planning to  
    • Any sexual contacts of the individuals described above.  
  • Staff and volunteers in a social setting or venue or event where sexual activities between men (individuals described above) may take place. 

If you meet the criteria you can call 1-866-301-2668 to book an appointment.  

Protection against monkeypox virus  

Close contacts of people suspected or confirmed to have a monkeypox infection may also be eligible for post-exposure immunization. Immunization is recommended up to 14 days, and ideally within 4 days, after exposure to help prevent illness. Close contacts are also advised to self-monitor for 21 days after their last exposure. If symptoms develop, they should self-isolate, seek care and get tested. Call 811 for further information.