Vaccination Certificates: The Appropriate Next Step in the USask Reopening Plan
Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, Letter to the Editor, August 13, 2021
VOX - University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA)

  • With the Delta variant-driven case numbers on the rise, the prudent next step is to introduce a vaccine documentation requirement for all students, faculty, staff members, and visitors who enter and use University of Saskatchewan premises. This is not an easy step, nor would it be without controversy. However, we need to be courageous and do the difficult thing to keep ourselves and others around us safe.

New survey provides hard data on relationship between masking and vaccination in Saskatchewan
Alexander Quon, CBC News, August 11, 2021

  • A new survey from researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina has given us hard data on the relationship between masking and COVID-19 vaccination in Saskatchewan. The survey of more 3,500 people conducted by SPHERU has found there is a clear correlation between those who intend to wear masks and those wanting to get vaccinated.

Survey shows fracture between those who have COVID-19 shots and those who don't: Sask. health expert
Tyler Barrow, CTV News Saskatoon, August 6, 2021

  • Muhajarine says the Nanos poll highlights a divide between people who are vaccinated and want to be protected from those who aren't. "Tells me where people are, how people kind of really think that maybe we need to make sure that people who are fully vaccinated and people who are unvaccinated separate," he said.


People less trusting of government, vaccine as pandemic wears on: study
Lynn Giesbrecht, Regina Leader-Post, Oct. 26, 2020
  • The study surveyed nearly 5,500 people from across Saskatchewan between May 4—the launch of the province’s Re-Open Saskatchewan plan—and Sept. 30. The survey was also administered by researchers in Switzerland at the same time, so the two data sets could be compared. Wading through the data, Muhajarine saw that as people began to take more precautions, trust in the government fell...

Study author alarmed only 56 per cent of Sask. respondents plan to get COVID-19 vaccine
Jason Warick, CBC News, Posted: Oct 20, 2020

  • The author of a major COVID-19 study says he's alarmed only half of Saskatchewan people who took part said they plan to take a vaccine once it becomes available. University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Nazeem Muhajarine said: 'This signifies a failure of public health people and politicians to communicate very clearly that the vaccine is going to be safe'...

Saskatchewan people relaxing their behaviour despite rising cases of COVID-19
Stefani Langenegger, The Morning Edition - Sask, CBC Radio SK, Oct. 21, 2020

  • Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine if there were one? The number of Saskatchewan people who would is dropping since the pandemic began. Why? We check in with a Saskatchewan epidemiologist who has been surveying people on their attitudes during this pandemic...

His father's son: Nazeem Muhajarine connects the coronavirus and human behaviour
Jennifer Quesnel, Researchers Under the Scope (podcast), Epidode 10, Oct. 12, 2020
University of Saskatchewan, Office of the Vice-Dean Research, College of Medicine

  • Actions speak louder than words for Nazeem Muhajarine. After tracking thousands of Saskatchewan people in surveys during the Covid-19 pandemic, he's concerned...

COVID-19: Keep Thanksgiving gatherings small, guidelines say
Zak Vescera, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Oct 07, 2020

  • The survey found that more people say they are in more frequent contact with other people than before, and only 45.5 per cent of respondents at the end of August agreed that other people were taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, compared to 87.3 per cent in May...

Sask. parent of child with sensory disorder expresses concerns about mandatory masks in schools: Majority of Sask. residents surveyed in August in favour of mandatory masks in schools
Morgan Modjeski, CBC News, Sep 07, 2020

  • Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine said data has shown that mask wearing, combined with social distancing and good hand hygiene, helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said masks in school will be an essential part of keeping students, staff and the wider community safe from further spread...

What a Saskatchewan winter could mean for the fight against COVID-19
Zak Vascera · Saskatoon StarPhoenix · Aug 19, 2020
Muhajarine said SPHERU's voluntary survey has collected 3,000 responses from people across the province about their behaviour during the pandemic over the last 13 weeks. In May, the number of people deemed high risk in Saskatchewan was 26% of respondents. At the end of July it was 34%. More...

Data drives decisions to contain COVID-19
James Shewaga · On Campus News - USask · Aug 14, 2020
"In one of the first studies of its kind on the global pandemic, Muhajarine’s team in SPHERU is surveying provincial residents each month, sharing results of public perceptions of pandemic policies and how many people are following prevention measures." More...

Greater detail needed in Sask. COVID-19 case reporting: epidemiologist
Ashley Martin · Regina Leader-Post · Posted Aug 07, 2020
“I would say that it’s heading in the right direction, meaning we are getting information at a little bit more detail of geography, but I would say it’s not even a full step, it’s half a step,” said Nazeem Muhajarine. More...


'We need to get ahead of this': Sask. epidemiologist says masks should be mandatory to slow COVID-19
Adam Hunter, CBC News · Posted: Jul 23, 2020
"How long do we wait? How many cases do we need to see before we move on a policy that hospitals have instituted and research has shown that it is effective," Muhajarine said. More...

Letter to the Editor: Saskatoon data — mask wearing and COVID-19
Nazeem Muhajarine, Saskatoon StarPhoenix · Posted: July 23, 2020
These data, not impressions or anecdotes, need to drive policy or public health directives regarding mask wearing. More...

COVID-19: Trouble tracking origin of new cases raises concerns
Zak Vescera, Saskatoon StarPhoenix · Posted: Jul 22, 2020
"Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine believes part of that may be because some cases are asymptomatic. 'I think this is a feature of the virus that makes this virus very dangerous and very threatening to human health,' he said." More...

Western Canada is open for business but COVID-19 is spiking: Four charts that analyze the numbers there and in Ontario
Kenyon Wallace, Patty Winsa,
· Posted: July 20, 2020
In the last 10 days, Saskatchewan has also seen an uptick in cases. “That is a concern,” said Nazeem Muhajarine. “That does tell us that we have to be vigilant and the virus is out there.” More...

COVID-19 in Sask: As cases rise, epidemiologist says province should give specific locations
Alex Soloducha, CBC News
· Posted: Jul 17, 2020 2:10 PM CT
Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine said he is concerned that if people aren't told where the coronavirus is present, they may relax and allow it to spread. Read the complete article.

Opinion: Those most concerned about COVID-19 more likely to wear masks in Sask.
Nazeem Muhajarine - Op-Ed, Regina Leader-Post, July 8, 2020
As our province reopens and we begin to resume more of our normal activities, the simple question of whether or not to wear a face mask has received mixed reactions. Read the complete op-ed.

Opinion: Survey Sheds Light on Mask Wearing Practice
Nazeem Muhajarine and Miles Fahlman - Op-Ed,
Saskatoon StarPhoenix, July 8, 2020
Those most worried about COVID-19 are more likely to adopt measure in province, say Muhajarine and Fahlman. Read the complete op-ed.

WATCH: We asked the experts your COVID questions - What about masks?
Lisa Machado, - Postmedia · Posted: July 6, 2020’s Executive Producer, Lisa Machado, goes right to the experts to get the answers on personal protection. More...