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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.

Download: COVID-19 Immunization Delivery Plan - Updated October 22, 2021

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1. Immunization in Saskatchewan

Dose requirement

Currently, all residents age five years and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

Health Canada has approved one- and two-dose COVID-19 vaccines for use in Canada. For single-dose vaccinations (Janssen), you are fully vaccinated 14 days after your immunization. For two-dose vaccinations (Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna), you are fully vaccinated 14 days following your second dose.

Information on receiving your COVID-19 vaccination is available at COVID-19 Vaccine.

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2. Booster, Third and Fourth Doses

All individuals 18+ are eligible for a booster dose at this time. Vaccines are widely accessible through clinics and pharmacies in communities across the province.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is providing COVID-19 booster shots in a phased approach, starting with the most clinically vulnerable.

COVID-19 vaccine travel doses and booster

This update applies to those who had additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for travel purposes. For example those who had 1 or 2 doses of Astra Zeneca and then 2 matching doses of a mRNA vaccine or those who had 3 doses of mRNA vaccines (mix and then matched).

  • If had 'travel' doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (dose 3 or 4 of matched mRNA vaccine) 3 months or more after your 2nd/3rd dose, you don't need a booster.
  • If had 'travel' dose(s) less than 3 months after 2nd/3rd dose, you can get 1 mRNA booster 3 months after last dose.
Current Eligible Populations Interval between second and third dose Interval between third and fourth dose
Individuals aged 18 years and older Three months N/A
Residents 18+ who received Janssen vaccine 
Two months (with mRNA vaccine)
 
Individuals born in 2009 or earlier with underlying health conditions that are clinically extremely vulnerable including:
  1. People with severe respiratory conditions, including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  2. Diabetics
  3. People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as homozygous sickle cell disease)
  4. People who had their spleen removed
  5. People with very significant developmental disabilities that increase risk (such as Down syndrome)
  6. People on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  7. People with significant neuromuscular conditions requiring respiratory support
3 months N/A
Residents of long-term care, special care and personal care homes
3 months 5 months
Stem cell and organ transplant recipients; recipients in active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant, hematologic disorders; recipients of an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab). 28 days 3 months
Individuals with primary or acquired immunodeficiency states:
  • Including but not limited to poorly controlled HIV/AIDS (i.e. a current CD4 count of <200 cells/µl for adults or children)
  • Primary or acquired cellular and combined immune deficiencies
28 days 3 months
Individuals on immunosuppressive or immunomodulating therapy at the time of vaccination including:
  • Those who were receiving or had received in the previous 3 months targeted therapy and/or immune modulating therapy for autoimmune disease
  • Those who were receiving or had received in the previous 6 months immunosuppressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy for any indication
28 days 3 months
Individuals with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive therapy prior to vaccination including: methotrexate, azathioprine 28 days 3 months
Individuals who had received high-dose steroids (equivalent to ≥40mg prednisolone per day for more than a week) for any reason in the month before vaccination. 28 days 3 months

Those with health conditions that make them eligible to receive third doses will receive a letter from the Ministry of Health or their physician with instructions on how to receive the vaccine. Those letters will also allow for eligibility for any approved fourth doses recommendation. Eligible residents must present the letter before immunization will be administered. The exception will be residents with diabetes; no letter is required to receive your booster dose.

Your immunization record will be confirmed at the clinic location to ensure that it has been the correct interval since your last COVID-19 vaccination.

Booster doses do not need to match your previous two dose COVID-19 vaccinations. However, If you received two doses of Astra Zeneca, it is recommended that you receive an mRNA vaccine booster immunization.

COVID-19 vaccine travel doses and booster

For those who had additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for travel purposes (one or two doses of AstraZeneca and then two matching doses of a mRNA vaccine, or three doses of mRNA vaccines mix and then matched), if you had 'travel' doses of a COVID-19 vaccine three months or more after your second/third dose, you don't need a booster.

If you had 'travel' dose(s) less than three months after your second/third dose, you can get one mRNA booster three months after last dose.

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3. Vaccinations for 5- to 11-Year-Olds (Pediatric Program)

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4. Proof of Vaccination or Testing Requirements

On August 30, it was announced the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will be working with public health sector representation to establish a policy that requires front-line health care workers to provide proof of vaccination or negative test in the workplace. If these care providers are not fully vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, they will be required to undertake regular COVID-19 testing.

Effective October 1, 2021, a proof of vaccination or negative test policy will be implemented for all Government of Saskatchewan ministry, crown and agency employees. Employees of all Government of Saskatchewan ministries, crowns and agencies will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 1. Employees that do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to provide proof of a negative test result on a consistent basis.

Protocols regarding proof of negative test requirements including the provision of documentation will be provided by the employer.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also encouraging other employers, including school divisions, to implement a similar proof of vaccination or negative-test policy for employees.

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