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HPV vaccine (type and dosage) administered
GARDASIL®9 is administered according to the NACI recommended immunization schedule for HPV vaccines.1
Accessing publicly funded HPV vaccination in school
Children receive the HPV vaccine in school in grade 6.2
Accessing publicly funded HPV vaccination outside of school
Individuals 9 to 26 years of age who did not receive the HPV vaccine in grade school can receive it for free by contacting Public Health (females must be born in 1996 or later and males must be born in 2006 or later).4 Only Public Health can administer the publicly funded vaccine. Prescriptions are technically not required for the HPV vaccine5 unless the individual is purchasing it themselves*.
Accessing HPV vaccination outside of publicly funded programs
Individuals who did not receive the vaccine in grade school and are 27 years of age or older can speak with their health care provider about getting it.2 If recommended, the vaccine series can be purchased privately for $510 to $630 (total cost for three doses)** and administered by a primary care provider, physician, nurse practitioner, nurse or pharmacist.6 Some individuals may receive partial or full coverage for the HPV vaccine through their private health insurance plan, although access varies by jurisdiction, insurance provider and individual plans*.
*Prescriptions for the HPV vaccine are often required for private health insurance coverage. Primary care providers, physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists6 can prescribe the HPV vaccine.
**Based on the list price for GARDASIL®9. Prices range due to varied pharmacy costs and injection fees.
- Goyette A, Yen GP, Racovitan V, Bhangu P, Kothari S, Franco EL. Evolution of Public Health Human Papillomavirus Immunization Programs in Canada. Curr Oncol 2021; 28(1): 991-1007.
- Government of Saskatchewan. Human Papillomavirus Vaccine. 2014 [cited 2022 Jul 27]. Available from: https://publications.saskatchewan.ca/api/v1/products/31980/formats/76359/download
- Diamond LM, Clarfield LE, Forte M. Vaccinations against human papillomavirus missed because of COVID-19 may lead to a rise in preventable cervical cancer. CMAJ 2021; 193(37).
- Government of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Immunization Manual: Chapter 5 – Immunization Schedules. 2021. Available from: https://www.ehealthsask.ca/services/Manuals/Documents/sim-chapter5.pdf
- National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. Outline of the Schedules. Available from: https://www.napra.ca/sites/default/files/documents/Schedules-Outline.pdf
- Canadian Pharmacists Association. Injection Authority and Vaccine Administration in Pharmacies Across Canada. 2022. Available from: https://www.pharmacists.ca/cpha-ca/function/utilities/pdf-server.cfm?thefile=/cpha-on-the-issues/Immunization_Authority_Chart.pdf