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Immunization and Serology Requirements for Medical Students

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General information

  • The University of Saskatchewan requires that all students attending a Health Science College provide documented proof of immunization
  • Completion of immunizations is required for Clinical Placements. Students who do not complete recommended immunization(s) must meet with the Associate Dean (or designate) to discuss, sign a waiver and may be excluded from some clinical areas and out of province electives during clerkship or pre-clerkship clinical experiences. Please see the SHA immunization waiver and the Clinical Placement Agreement – Schedule E for more details.  For certain vaccinations, exemption from immunization is only allowed for students with approved accommodations through Access and Equity Services.
  • Completion of the immunization requirements is the responsibility of the student as well as any associated costs. Most immunizations are covered by your Provincial Health card, with the exception of the Two Step Tuberculin skin test, which will cost $80 payable by debit or credit at your first visit
  • CONSENT: Immunization records and/or serology results will be shared with your college and clinical placements throughout your studies as required – this is to ensure your safety and the safety of your patients. You are required to sign a consent form to authorize sharing of this information

Immunization instructions for students entering year 1


  1. Review the Specific Immunization Requirements (see below). The requirements align with the requirements you will have when you participate in clinical electives through the AFMC Student Portal.
  2. Locate your childhood and adult immunization records. If you do not have these records, contact your Public Health Unit or Family Doctor.
  3. Set up an appointment with Student Wellness — Locate your childhood and adult immunization records. If you do not have these records, contact your Public Health Unit or Family Doctor. Students are required to and submit immunization records and signed consent form to student.wellness@usask.ca prior to their first appointment. Note that Student Wellness can provide remote appointments. 
Student Wellness Place Riel Student Centre, 4th Floor University of Saskatchewan 1 Campus Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A3
For appointments or immunization review inquiries: (306) 966-5768.
For any questions regarding immunizations records please contact nurse.swc@usask.ca

 

You may choose to see your Family Physician to begin and/or complete your immunization review, but you are still required to have an appointment with Student Health Services to ensure all requirements have been met

  1. You will have your Two Step Tuberculin skin test (TST) at your first visit at Student Health. The TST is completed over 4 visits.
  2. Sign the consent that is attached and bring it with you to your first appointment
  3. The COVID-19 vaccination should take precedence over other immunization. Due to the recommended 28 days interval between COVID-19 vaccine and receiving other vaccines.
    The deadline for completion of immunizations has been extended to October 1st, 2021.

Specific immunization requirements

COVID-19

  • Immunization for COVID-19 is required for studies in the College of Medicine, MD program, due to MD program learning activities resulting in an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Students who are unable to be immunized due to medical contraindications or on approved human right grounds may request accommodations through Access and Equity Services.  Students with this accommodation will have specific expectations related to home testing and symptom monitoring which will be individually communicated.

Note on COVID-19 Vaccine timing in relation to other immunizations

  • The COVID-19 vaccines should be administered alone.
  • As of September 9, 2021, the SHA is no following Health Canada and World Health Organization guidelines for timing of administration of COVID-19 vaccines in conjunction with other vaccines.  An interval of 14 days after receiving other vaccines is no longer required prior to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. After receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, there is no longer any requirement to wait any time period before receiving another vaccine.
  • Resources: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 ; https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-1

Note on COVID-19 Vaccine timing in relation to Tuberculin Skin Test

  • If TB testing or TB blood work is required, it should be administered and read before immunization or delayed for at least 4 weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine prior to having all steps of the TB test completed may cause the test to show a false-negative result. Vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine may take place at any time after all steps of tuberculin skin testing has been completed.
  • Resources: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19

Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)

  • Primary series of 3-5 doses, then a booster every 10 years

Pertussis

  • Primary series and Tdap or Tdap – Pertussis booster given at 18 years or older.

Polio

  • Primary series, booster if travelling in endemic areas

Measles, mumps, rubella

  • Documented proof of vaccination with 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella
COVID-19 Vaccine and Tuberculin Skin Test
  • If TB testing or TB blood work is required, it should be administered and read before immunization or delayed for at least 4 weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine prior to having all steps of the TB test completed may cause the test to show a false-negative result. Vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine may take place at any time after all steps of tuberculin skin testing has been completed.
  • Resources: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19

Tuberculin skin test (TST)

  • Two step TST (to be done at Student Health), followed by annual one step TST
  • If there is a history of a positive Tuberculin, a CXR is required

Hepatitis B

  • Immunizations: documentation of a Hepatitis B immunizations series is required for all students
  • Serology: both anti-HBs (hepatitis B surface antibody) and HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) are required. Hep B serology is tested annually unless they have been confirmed immune to HBV or unless required to be done earlier pursuant to a blood or body fluid exposure protocol
  • For any students not confirmed immune to Hepatitis B, annual serology will be required
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Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Serological evidence of immunity (please attach) OR proof of two doses of varicella vaccination

Influenza

  • Influenza immunization is strongly encouraged.
  • Clinical clerks are offered influenza immunization through the health regions, as part of employee campaigns. The UGME offices in Saskatoon and Regina contact students with respect to these clinics, which are organized by Occupational Health and Safety units at both the Royal University Hospital (Saskatoon) and Regina General Hospital (Regina).
  • In the event of influenza or other outbreak, any unvaccinated or non-immune student will be excluded from the outbreak area and will not be allowed to return until the Regional Health Authority has determined it is safe to do so.

Hepatitis C

  • HCV serology (Hep C Ab) is required for all students (Documentation of serology is required within 1st year and again end of 3rd year)

HIV

  • HIV serology is required for all students (Documentation of serology is required within 1st year and again end of 3rd year)