There are no appointments available on the island for the monkeypox vaccine.
As of Friday morning (Aug. 5), the three clinics – Courtenay, Nanaimo and Victoria – offering appointments on Island Health’s booking portal were full.
Island Health noted that additional appointment times will be added as vaccine supplies are received and asked residents to come back. The vaccination clinics do not accept invaders.
By August 4, the BC Center for Disease Control had confirmed six cases in Island Helath, six in Fraser Health and 69 in Vancouver Coast Health, for a total of 81 cases in BC.
“Island Health is launching a targeted vaccination campaign for those currently most at risk of contracting and spreading monkey pox,” the health authority said on its website.
Anyone eligible is encouraged to make an appointment and the BC Medical Services Plan is not required. The vaccine is not available to the general public at this time.
Since May, cases of monkeypox have been reported in many countries, including Canada, where the virus does not normally spread.
According to the BCCDC, symptoms can come in two phases with fever, chills, intense headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, exhaustion, and muscle and back pain in the first. The second stage can consist of sores and blisters on the hands, feet, arms, legs, mouth, or genitals, lasting two to three weeks.
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