Sexual Health Quarters has received a provision of monkeypox (MPX) vaccines from the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments and has begun offering vaccination appointments to high-risk groups.
The MPX vaccine is administered intradermally and subcutaneously, when appropriate.
Vaccine numbers are limited so bookings are essential. People in high-risk groups can make an appointment by calling the Sexual Health Quarters clinic on:
On arrival you will be required to fill out an eligibility survey in a private space.
Due to the limited supply of the MPX vaccine globally, people will need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the WA Department of Health relating to specific medical risk factors and situational risk factors to support strong outbreak management. People who have confirmed high-risk exposure to someone with monkeypox, high-risk healthcare workers and laboratory workers handling live virus will also be prioritised in the initial rollout of the vaccine.
Monkeypox is an urgently notifiable infectious disease in Western Australia. It is predominantly spread by skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the infection but can also be transmitted via respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated materials or surfaces. People with monkeypox are infectious from the onset of symptoms, which include fever or chills, headache, myalgia, arthralgia, back pain, lymphadenopathy, fatigue, and a rash which usually appears 1 to 5 days after the first symptoms. The illness is usually mild, and hospitalisation is rare.
Western Australians are urged to notify Public Health of suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of MPX. Public Health may facilitate an expedited pathology result.