Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

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Vaccine Delivery Phases

Saskatchewan's COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. The information on this page is updated frequently and is subject to change based on vaccine availability and the latest COVID-19 data.


1. Immunization in Saskatchewan

Download Saskatchewan Immunization Plan Presentation - February 9, 2021

Download COVID-19 Immunization Delivery Plan

Storage and delivery

Saskatchewan is continually preparing for the ongoing storage and delivery of vaccines. Some vaccines require special transportation, storage and handling and must be kept at ultra-low temperatures.

Dose requirement

Currently, all approved COVID-19 vaccines in Canada require two doses of vaccine per person.

Both your 1st and 2nd dose must be of the same vaccine.

When vaccine supplies are limited, the time between first and second doses will be extended so more people can receive their first dose, increasing the benefit of limited vaccine supplies. The World Health Organization and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) support up to 42 days between doses.


2. Immunization Phases

Saskatchewan's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan is built on the foundation of age as the main risk factor.

Phase 1 is focused on vaccinating high-risk populations, people of advanced age, and health care workers that have been identified as a priority.

Phase 2 is focused on vaccinating the general population by age, as well as the clinically extremely vulnerable and people in emergency shelters and group homes.

Focusing on age as a primary risk factor will enable Saskatchewan residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a more efficient and timely manner.

Phases of Immunization

Moving between phases

The timeline for Saskatchewan's COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery Strategy is dependent on vaccine supply and availability. The federal government is working to obtain as much vaccine as possible to distribute to provinces and territories.

It's important to understand the timeline for each phase may change due to vaccine availability.

You will not miss your chance to get the vaccine when a new phase starts. Once you become eligible, you are always eligible. If you are in Phase 1, you can still get the vaccine in Phase 2.


Timeline: December 2020


  • Saskatchewan conducted a pilot of the shipping, delivery and storage of 1,950 doses of the Pfizer ultra-frozen vaccine.
  • 1,950 health care workers were vaccinated at Regina General Hospital.
  • First recipients of vaccine were health care workers in ICUs, Emergency Departments and COVID Units at Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals and testing and assessment centres.
  • Pilot recipients received their second dose 21 days following the administration of the first dose (during Phase 1).
  • Pilot project to better understand the handling and storage requirements of the Pfizer vaccine.

Phase 1 – Current Phase

Timeline: December 2020 - March 2021

Phase 1

Targeted Immunization

  • Phase 1 began on December 22, 2020, and is tailored to a Pfizer delivery schedule of 10,725 doses per week. (2 doses per individual)
  • Allocations of Moderna are now being received and allocated to communities in the Far North. Further distribution is to be determined, based on supplies.
  • Estimated total of 202,052 doses from both vaccines in the first quarter of 2021 is anticipated. (2 doses per individual)
  • Immunization targeted to priority populations, including long-term care residents, health care workers and vulnerable populations.
  • Allocation information is expected to be regularly updated by Public Health Agency of Canada.

Prioritization Framework

  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has issued guidance to provinces on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer has reviewed NACI guidelines and modified them for Saskatchewan's demographics and logistical requirements.

Saskatchewan's framework:

  1. Long-term care and personal care home residents and staff.
    Total number estimate – 30,584
  2. Health care workers in emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID-19 wards and COVID testing and assessment staff, respiratory therapists; code blue and trauma teams; and EMS, road and air transport teams.
    Total number estimate – 10,000-15,000
  3. Residents 70 years and older in all communities
    Total number estimate – 131,119
  4. Residents over the age of 50 living in remote/Northern Saskatchewan.
    Total number estimate – 8,921
  5. Additional health care workers included in priority sequencing for Phase 1 as announced February 16, 2021. These additional workers include:
    • Individuals directly involved in delivering COVID-19 immunizations in Phase 2 including physicians (up to 2,600), pharmacists (up to 1,200) and other SHA health care providers involved in delivering COVID-19 immunizations;
    • Anesthesia/operating rooms;
    • All other critical care areas;
    • Hemodialysis;
    • Vaccination teams;
    • Radiology technicians;
    • ECG/echo;
    • Phlebotomy/lab workers handling COVID-19 specimens; and
    • Home care (direct care providers).
    Total number estimate – 11,500

Phase 2

Timeline: April 2021 – Fall 2021

Phase 2

Widespread Access

  • Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in April-June 2021 (depending on available vaccine supplies)
  • Focused on vaccinating the general population in 10-year increments:
    Age Group Estimated Population Schedule
    60-69 138,471 TBD based on availability of COVID-19 vaccine
    50-59 147,469 TBD based on availability of COVID-19 vaccine
    40-49 151,901 TBD based on availability of COVID-19 vaccine
    30-39 183,292 TBD based on availability of COVID-19 vaccine
    18-29 190,043 TBD based on availability of COVID-19 vaccine

Targeted vaccinations to select congregate living:

  • Group homes for persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Emergency shelters

People with underlying health conditions that are clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients.
  • People with specific cancers:
    • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy.
    • People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy.
    • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
    • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer.
    • People having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
    • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last six months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease).
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection (biologic modifiers, high dose steroids, AZT, cyclophosphamide).
  • People who had their spleen removed.
  • Adults with very significant developmental disabilities that increase risk.
  • Adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5).
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
  • Significant neuromuscular conditions requiring respiratory support.
  • Projected finished: Fall 2021 (depending on available vaccine supplies)

Why Focus on Age?

  • Age is the number one risk factor for severe outcomes, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19.
  • People of advanced age are more likely to be clinically extremely vulnerable or living with other chronic conditions.

3. Phase 2 Vaccine Clinics

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will operate 230 clinics in 180 communities across the province.

Saskatchewan COVID-19 Clinics
Mass Immunization clinics 149
Drive-thru clinics 23
Mobile clinics 58
Total clinics 230

Three primary categories of clinics will be available:

By appointment iconBy Appointment

e.g. Public health clinics, mass immunization clinics


Drive/Walk-in icon


e.g. Drive-thru clinics, mobile clinics


In the community iconIn the Community

e.g. Pharmacies, physician offices, partnerships with community-based organizations


Far North/North

Far North/North Vaccine Clinic Map

Far North
Mass immunization clinics 22
Drive-thru clinics 1
Mobile clinics 6
Total clinics 29
Mass immunization clinics 49
Drive-thru clinics 6
Mobile clinics 8
Total clinics 63


Central/South Vaccine Clinic Map

Mass immunization clinics 43
Drive-thru clinics 5
Mobile clinics 7
Total clinics 55
Mass immunization clinics 29
Drive-thru clinics 4
Mobile clinics 21
Total clinics


Saskatoon Vaccine Clinic Map

Mass immunization clinics 4
Drive-thru clinics 4
Mobile clinics 6
Total clinics 14


Regina Vaccine Clinic Map

Mass immunization clinics 2
Drive-thru clinics 3
Mobile clinics 10
Total clinics 15

Additional Vaccine Clinics

  • Clinics throughout rural, urban and northern Saskatchewan.
  • Opportunity to add seasonal clinics (e.g. drive-thru clinics) as the weather allows.
  • In addition to the SHA clinics, there will also be many other clinics, including:
    • Participating pharmacies (last year 385 pharmacies in 113 different communities participated in the flu immunization program)
    • Participating physicians' offices
    • First Nations clinics
    • Community-based settings
    • Partnerships with large businesses/industries

The goal is to provide options to receive the vaccine as close to home as possible.


4. How to Get Immunized

Public Notifications

Information will be publicly shared to let you know:

  • When it's your time to be vaccinated.
  • How to register for a vaccine appointment.
  • The different types of immunization clinics available.
  • How to find the closest clinics to you.

Information will be included in:

  • Advertising in local media
  • Social media
  • Online ads
  • Local publications
  • Posters
  • Direct mail
  • News conferences

Booking an Appointment

Phase 1

  • Residents and staff in long-term care and personal care homes will be contacted directly.
  • Priority health care workers will be contacted to book an appointment.
People 70+ living independently in the community will receive information through direct contact, wherever possible, or through local media and social media where direct contact is not possible.
Phase 2
  • Central scheduling system under development for easy online access to vaccine appointments.
    • Appointments to be booked online through the Government of Saskatchewan website.
    • Operational in March 2021.
  • Toll-free telephone line to allow residents to book appointments through a dedicated call centre.
    • Operational in March 2021.

5. Proof of Immunization

  • Electronic and paper copies of vaccination records available.
  • People will receive a wallet card with a record of their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Vaccination records also stored electronically on MySaskHealthRecord.

Sample Immunization Card


6. Community Immunity

Vaccines do more than protect you from COVID-19, they also protect everyone around you. The more people in a community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

Community (herd) immunity could be reached when a large majority of people in Saskatchewan are immunized against COVID-19. When you choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you are helping save lives by protecting your household and your entire community from the virus.

Lifting restrictions

Lifting current restrictions will be based on many factors, including:

  • Number of people immunized and level of community immunity
  • Number of COVID-19 cases in the province
  • Health care system capacity

Layers of protection

Going back to normal life will take time. Even if you have received the vaccine, you must follow provincial health orders and protect others by:

  • Washing your hands
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested
  • Keeping a safe distance from others
  • Wearing a mask in public indoor spaces

Together, we can keep each other safe.

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