If you were already considered fully vaccinated, and have received your booster shot, you do not need to update your vaccination status at this time. Information about campus expectations for booster shots will be shared in mid-January.

Vaccination requirement

In-person learning or working

Anyone planning on attending in-person learning or working at a USask location must provide proof of full vaccination through the Vaccine Status channel in PAWS prior to Jan. 4, 2022.

Learning or working remotely

  • Students will need to check to see if their classes are available remotely, or speak to an academic advisor for assistance in identifying remotely offered classes.
  • Employees must speak with their People Leader or HR SBA about this possibility.

Events and activities

All individuals ages 12 and older attending USask events or activities (both on and off-campus) are required to provide proof of vaccination. This includes Huskie games, children's camps, and other non-USask events such as meetings, weddings, community events, tours and formal gatherings.

It is the responsibility of the host/event organizer to ensure that all guests follow these requirements and have proof available if asked for.

Providing proof of vaccination

Event or activities "Show and Go" requirements

  1. Provide proof of vaccination that you are fully vaccinated, in accordance with USask's definition.
  2. Provide photo identification with name matching the name on the proof of vaccination.
  3. You will need to show proof each time you access campus.

In-person learning or working – students, faculty and staff

  1. Upload acceptable proof of vaccination documentation through the Vaccine Status channel in PAWS

 Documentation must clearly show your name, dose type(s) and dose date(s). You do not need to submit your health card number ("HSN"), Date of Birth or Age. You can redact or obscure this information before uploading it.

Acceptable vaccination documentation include:

  • eHealth Saskatchewan QR Code
  • your vaccination card (with dates) that you received when getting your dose(s)
  • or your eHealth COVID-19 vaccination record. If you are submitting your eHealth record, please ensure it is your COVID-19 vaccination record only.
  • or international or out-of-province documentation is accepted as long as it verifies that you are fully vaccinated, in accordance with USask's definition. Consult with your healthcare provider, or with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Public Health, if you have any questions.

Fully vaccinated – USask definition

USask defines “fully vaccinated” when an individual has received:

  1. The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of these Health Canada approved vaccines:
    • Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  2. One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA Health Canada approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna).
  3. Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not approved by Health Canada.

In all instances, the last required dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must have received at least 14 days ago to be considered fully vaccinated.

Note: This information is subject to change if and when updates are made by Health Canada or by emergency order or through a directive from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health or the Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan.

Accommodations

Medical Accommodations

Some individuals may have medical reasons which prevent them from getting a vaccine.

If you plan to take part in an activity with an elevated risk of transmitting COVID-19, and you require a vaccine accommodation on the basis of a medical-based disability, a licensed health care practitioner must fill out the vaccine accommodation form.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated USask faculty or staff will need to complete the wellness referral form for medical accommodation and have it approved prior to being allowed on any of our campuses after Jan. 4, 2022.

The referral will be sent to arc Health, USask’s third-party short-term disability and medical accommodation provider, who will review and adjudicate the request. Arc Health will seek medical information from the employee’s medical provider(s) to confirm if there is a legitimate medical reason for the employee not being able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and will advise the university of the decision and recommended accommodations.

To help expedite the process, faculty and staff should also fill out the arc Health Medical Accommodation Request Form and email it to wellnessresources@usask.ca.

Further questions can be directed to your Human Resources SBA or Wellness Resources.

Non-medical Accommodations

We understand that some individuals are not able to be fully vaccinated on grounds that are protected in The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The University will continue to consider accommodations requests for these individuals in accordance with the requirements of the Code.

Previously approved accommodations will continue to be in place through the Winter Term, and these individuals will need to continue submitting regular negative test results. Only those with an approved accommodation, as appropriate and in limited circumstance, will be allowed on campus without being fully vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated

As the Government of Saskatchewan or your local government continues to roll out vaccination schedules, watch for your age group to become eligible, and for details on how to get vaccinated. 

Saskatoon transportation options

Plan your trip in advance with the mobile app transit or Google maps transit on desktop.

Vaccination Data

USask is sharing data about the vaccination rates among members of the university community.

Frequently Asked Questions

VACCINATION AND TESTING

The science is clear and overwhelming: vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants. Without these measures unvaccinated individuals on campus jeopardize their own health and the health of others, and will disrupt in-person classes and campus activities for everyone. We remain firmly committed to the science that vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants, and the clearest path to providing safe campuses and workplaces.

This decision was thoroughly thought out and thoroughly endorsed by the university’s senior leadership and our Board of Governors based on the recommendation from the Pandemic Response/Recovery Team (PRT).

The university has consulted extensively with other institutions in Canada, with our faculty, students, and employee unions, and with legal and public health experts prior to making this decision. We remain firmly committed to the science that vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants, and the clearest path to providing safe campuses and workplaces.

USask remains firmly committed to the science that vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants. The rapid testing program was put in place temporarily for the Fall Term 2021 to give those who were not fully vaccinated enough time to do so, to support the transition to increased in-person activities on campus in Winter Term and beyond.

We have sought public health guidance on our plans for increased in-person activities and this guidance confirms that vaccination is the single most effective public health measure to reduce spread and prevent harms of COVID-19 in our community and that testing protocols.

We understand that people have received one or more non-Health Canada vaccines. Health Canada established the following guidelines (subject to changes by Health Canada). 

  • If some had an incomplete series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, the addition of one mRNA vaccine will be considered a complete series.
  • If someone had a complete course/series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, the mRNA vaccine is expected to optimize protection.
  • If someone received three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine, no further doses would be recommended at this time.

If you need to book a vaccination, please see Getting Vaccinated. Please contact Student Wellnesswith questions.

We understand that some individuals are not able to be fully vaccinated on grounds that are protected in The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The University will continue to consider accommodations requests for these individuals in accordance with the requirements of the Code.

Previously approved accommodations will continue to be in place through the Winter Term, and these individuals will need to continue submitting regular negative test results. Only those with an approved accommodation, as appropriate and in limited circumstance, will be allowed on campus without being fully vaccinated.

HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY AND STORAGE

The university has an obligation to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We have decided vaccination is the best way to do this. We are permitted to collect personal information for a purpose that relates to an existing or proposed program or activity of the university. We need to collect some personal information about vaccination status in order to administer this program. The university is committed to protecting the privacy of university community members. We will only be collecting the least amount necessary and limiting access, use and retention of the information.

Requests for accommodation will be considered in alignment with The Saskatchewan Human Right Code. 

This information will be protected in accordance with the university’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Policies and Saskatchewan’s The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The university is developing a secure system to collect vaccination information. Access to this information will be limited. Only those who have a need to know to administer and enforce this program may have access to this information on an identifiable level and information will only be retained as long as necessary to support the program.

Generally, third parties will not have access to this information. Third parties would only have access to this information when required for legal, legislative or contractual obligations. For example, when medical accommodation is required for an employee, the university’s contracted disability management provider may be engaged to review such requests and may require certain personal medical information subject to the existing protections and limitations, including employee consent, as with other medical accommodation assessments.

The university will only retain this information as long as necessary to support the program. 

GENERAL

The university is an autonomous corporation, responsible for the management and control of campus facilities pursuant to The University of Saskatchewan Act. This responsibility includes the responsibility to implement the necessary measures to protect students, staff, and visitors to campus from known dangers on campus.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations also require the university to take reasonable precautions to maintain a safe working environment. This duty includes taking reasonable and justifiable measures to protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The university’s pandemic measures are reasonable requirements that have been developed with the benefit of public health guidance and legal experts and they are being put in place in furtherance of these statutory responsibilities.

Students will need to check to see if specific classes are available remotely, or speak to an academic advisor for assistance in identifying remotely offered classes.

Employees must speak with their People Leader and HR SBA about this possibility.

All current COVID-19 health and safety measures remain in place including mask requirements, some continued online programming, space reconfigurations in high-traffic areas, and enhanced cleaning.

The first step is completing the vaccine status process in PAWS. Once you do that our systems automatically check for updated status twice daily during weekdays and access is restored based on that status change.