Your opportunity to get vaccinated this week

27 July 2021 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues

Following Dr Blade Nzimande’s announcement of the formal commencement of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the post-schooling education and training sector (PSET) on Friday, Higher Health has just confirmed that University of Cape Town (UCT) staff members who are aged 35 years or older will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from whichever Provincial Department of Health site is most convenient.

If you are 35 years or older, you can go to any of these sites and join the PSET queue from Tuesday, 27 July to Friday, 30 July and get your vaccine. Vaccination sites are open from 08:00 to 17:00 daily. Please let your line manager know when you take time out of work to complete this important step.

If you are in the eligible age group, please take a moment to register for the vaccine through the EVDS system if you have not done so already. You will receive an SMS to verify your registration. PSET employees will be vaccinated on presentation of the following:

  • South African identification card/South African residents permit/passport if a foreign national
  • Proof of employment (staff identity, staff card or a letter from the head of the institution)
  • Medical aid details (if applicable).

If you have questions about whether getting a vaccination is the right choice for you, please read the Western Cape Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Fact Sheet.

Getting vaccinated will help to keep down the COVID-19 transmission rate across UCT and South Africa. Thank you in advance to everyone who takes this important step.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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UCT’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March 2020 and to implement a national lockdown from 26 March 2020.

UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.

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UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre

The University of Cape Town in partnership with the Western Cape Government (WCG) have reinforced our commitment to bringing hope to the residents of the Mother City with the launch of the world‑class Community of Hope Vaccination Centre that opened its doors on Monday, 30 August 2021.
The site is located on Main Road in Mowbray – in the Forest Hill Residence – and access is from Broad Street. The site is open every day: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 15:00.

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Commemorating a year of COVID-19

At midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa went into the first nationwide hard lockdown. A year later, we remember those who have died and those who have been affected by COVID-19, as well as the pandemic’s effects across society and campus. We are especially grateful for the front-line health workers who have done so much for so many.


In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”


We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.