In most cases individuals are not required to be vaccinated. However, not being immunized may restrict activities you can engage in or require you to take other steps to ensure that you are not a threat to the safety of others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination is one of the most important public health interventions. Specifically, in Canada, the Public Health Agency reports that in the last 50 years immunization has saved more lives than any other health intervention.
The terms immunization and vaccination are often used interchangeably to refer to a process where an individual's immune system is strengthened against certain bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms.
In Canada, immunization is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial, and territorial governments. The federal government is responsible for authorizing the sale of vaccines in Canada, performing ongoing vaccine safety monitoring, and publishing evidence-based recommendations on the use of vaccines in Canada. The provinces and territories are responsible for immunization program planning and delivery in their respective jurisdictions.
In addition to Covid-19 vaccinations, Saskatchewan Health offers a variety of routine immunization programs for infants, pre-school and school children free of charge. These immunization programs target diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, chicken pox, and HPV. There are also targeted programs for populations at high-risk for things like influenza, pneumococcal disease and H1N1.