Get Vaccinated in Canada
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended the Gardasil® vaccine for gay and bisexual men in Canada. Vaccination series requires a total of 3 shots over a period of about 6 months for full protection. While recommended for use, not all provinces have publicly funded Gardasil® and Gardasil® 9 for gay and bisexual men.
Gardasil® 9 is part of Alberta’s routine immunization schedule for infants and children up to and including 17 years of age. Gardasil® and Gardasil® 9 are not currently publicly funded for Alberta residents over 18, including gay and bisexual men. Gardasil® 9 can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription, although pharmacies may charge patients an injection administration fee ($10-$20 injection fee/dose). Speak to your doctor about administering the Gardasil® vaccine to avoid the injection administration fee. For more information about HPV vaccination in Alberta, visit: http://immunizealberta.ca/i-need-know-more/diseases-covered/hpv-human-papillomavirus.
Gardasil® is recommended and now publicly funded for gay and bisexual men in British Columbia under 27 at no cost. You can get vaccinated at most pharmacies and at all HIM Health Centres in the Lower Mainland. To find a HIM Health Centre, visit: http://checkhimout.ca/him-sexual-health-centre/. If you are eligible for participation, no prescription is required. Gardasil® 9 is not currently publicly funded for gay and bisexual men in British Columbia, but is available at cost at most pharmacies.
Gardasil® is recommended and now publicly funded for gay, bisexual, queer, and trans men in Ontario under 27 at no cost. Gardasil® vaccines are available at any sexual health clinic in Ontario, or speak to your doctor about getting vaccinated. To find your local sexual health clinic, check out: http://sexualhealthontario.ca/find-a-clinic/. Starting September 2016, Gardasil® will be offered in grade 7 (and grade 8 as a catch-up in 2016) provided by Public Health nurses through the school system. For more information about HPV vaccination in Ontario, visit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/hpv/hpv_faqs.aspx#vaccine.
Pharmacies, Cost & Payment
The Gardasil® vaccine is also available at cost at most pharmacies in Canada, and may be covered through health insurance from your employer or school. Gardasil® may require a prescription. If you have an extended health plan which covers HPV vaccination for men, you will need a prescription from your doctor. Gardasil® 9 is slightly more expensive per dose than Gardasil®. Like Gardasil®, you will need a prescription from your doctor for extended health plan coverage.
Vaccination involves getting 3 shots over a period of about 6 months. Gardasil® costs about $150 per dose ($450 in total for the 3 required shots), while Gardasil® 9 costs about $180 per dose ($540 in total). Check to see whether your province or insurance provider will cover your Gardasil® vaccine, and if so, whether they will also cover Gardasil® 9.