Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccination
Everyone in Saskatchewan six months and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The new COVID-19 vaccine targeting the XBB 1.5 Omicron subvariant induces a stronger and more robust immune response to the current circulating variants compared to the original and bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
In Saskatchewan, COVID-19 vaccination is free and available through:
- Participating pharmacies (most COVID-19 vaccine types)
- Pop-up clinics in targeted communities
- For communities without access to a nearby pharmacy, booked appointments may be available through the online booking system.
Pharmacists cannot provide immunizations to children less than five years of age. Children less than five years old will receive their immunizations via an SHA or partnering health agency provider.
Designated vaccines, including Novavax, are available by SHA appointment only by calling 1-833-727-5829. Pharmacies may not have all approved vaccines available to them.
All of the vaccines being administered are safe and effective. All of them are important to help protect the public from severe illness and death from COVID-19.
1. Check Your Eligibility
Saskatchewan residents six months and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Those five years of age and older are eligible for one dose of the new XBB.1.5 vaccine regardless of how many vaccines they had previously received. It is recommended you wait at least six months after your last dose or a COVID-19 infection (whichever is later) to get another dose.
For children age six months to four years
Children who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive two doses given four to eight weeks apart. Moderately to severely immunosuppressed individuals can receive an additional dose.
Children who have had one or more doses are eligible to receive one dose. It is recommended to wait at least six months after the last dose to get another dose.
You can request the Novavax vaccine if you are unable or unwilling to get a COVID-19 mRNA XBB.1.5 vaccine and you are 12 years of age and older. (AstraZeneca and Janssen are no longer available). Designated vaccines, including Novavax, are only available by SHA appointment - by calling 1-833-727-5829. Pharmacies may not have all approved vaccines available to them.
High-risk individuals are strongly encouraged to receive the XBB.1.5 vaccine to continue to protect themselves against severe outcomes. This includes:
- Adults 50 years of age and older
- Individuals who are pregnant
- All residents six months of age and older who:
- Are living in a congregate living facility such as long term care, personal care home, shelter, or correctional centre
- Are Indigenous or living in a northern community
- Healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential service workers
- Have an underlying medical condition that places them at higher risk of severe illness
- Are moderately to severely immunocompromised that includes the following conditions:
- Immunocompromised due to solid tumour or hematologic malignancies or treatments for these conditions
- Solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Immunocompromised due to chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy targeting lymphocytes
- Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency with associated humoral and/or cell-mediated immunodeficiency or immune dysregulation
- HIV with AIDS-defining illness or tuberculosis diagnosis in last 12 months before starting vaccine series, or severe immune compromise with CD4<200 cells/uL or CD4%<15%, or without HIV viral suppression
- Recent treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumour-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive
- Chronic kidney disease (stage five) or on dialysis
2. Get Ready To Book
When you go online, you'll be asked for the following information for the individual receiving the vaccine:
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Health card number
- Email address or a phone number that can receive text messages
If you do not have a valid health card, cell phone and/or email address, please call 1-833-727-5829 to book your appointment.
The booking office does not have access to extra appointments than what's available online.
Family and friends can also book online on behalf of someone who is eligible.
Note: You will never be asked for your social insurance number, driver's licence number, or banking and credit card details.
3. Book Online
The online tool is simple, fast and easy to use. It takes just a few minutes to book your appointment for your primary vaccination series and any additional dose. The system will guide you through a few simple questions, gathering consent, choice of clinic and booking date and time.
To use the online booking option you must have a valid health card, cell phone and/or email address.
4. Booking Over the Phone
Please call 1-833-727-5829 to book an appointment.
If you are looking to make a group appointment for your household, those appointments can be booked using 1-833-727-5829.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to speak with a health care professional, call HealthLine 811.
5. What to Expect at the Vaccine Clinic
Only people who are eligible will get their vaccine dose. You will not receive a vaccine if you are not yet eligible.
A parent/legal guardian must be present to provide verbal, informed consent for a minor. If the parent chooses an adult designate (e.g. grandparent, aunt) to accompany the child for a vaccine, a consent form signed by the parent/guardian must be presented.
Children at least 13 years of age up to and including 17 years of age, who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions for each vaccine and the risks of not getting immunized, can legally consent to or refuse immunizations in Saskatchewan by providing mature minor informed consent to a healthcare provider.
Get ready for your appointment:
- Bring your valid health card and government-issued photo identification (for ages 18+).
- If you do not have photo ID you may provide two pieces of alternate identification such as a provincial health card, birth certificate, social insurance card, naturalization certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
- Children are only required to provide a provincial health card, but parents/caregivers may be required to show photo ID.
- Bring your health card and cell phone (if you have one).
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt.
- Practise good hand hygiene when you enter and exit the facility. Follow any other public health measures required at the facility.
- Arrive five minutes early to your appointment and expect to stay 15 minutes after your vaccine. You can bring one person with you for support.
During the Appointment
At the clinic, your appointment will take about 30 minutes:
Complete Check-in Process --> Get your Vaccine --> Wait in Observation Area (15 minutes)
I still have questions
- For inquires related to the COVID-19 vaccine, call HealthLine 811
- COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Booking System FAQ
- How to book an appointment one-pager