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‘Very limited number’ of monkeypox vaccine available locally

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has received what they describe as a very limited number of monkeypox vaccine doses.  

Due to low supply, appointments for eligible individuals will be booked on a first come first served basis, between 9 am – 10 am Wednesday, Aug. 10.  The Health Unit says eligible individuals are asked to call 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5252 and leave a message.  

Officials stress that only messages left between 9 am and 10 am will be returned to screen for eligibility, book an appointment on a later date or to advise if all of the appointments have been booked.  

Calls received before 9 am or after 10 am will not be returned.  

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“We recognize the issues with such limited access to the monkeypox PrEP vaccines and regret that offering an equitable booking approach is difficult to do at this time,” explains Dr.  Carol Zimbalatti, Public Health Physician at the Health Unit. “We continue to work with the province to advocate for additional supply, but understandably, with no evidence of transmission of monkeypox locally, we  expect most of the vaccine to continue to go to public health districts with more monkeypox cases.” 

Zimbalatti adds that should they receive additional vaccine they will make the public aware.

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