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:
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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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 with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has in June 2022 repealed some of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 regulations: namely, sections 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions under the National Health Act. We are now no longer required to wear masks or limit gatherings. Venue restrictions and checks for travellers coming into South Africa have now also been removed.
“After almost a year of operation, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, located at the Forest Hill residence complex in Mowbray, will close on Friday, 29 July 2022. I am extremely grateful and proud of all staff, students and everyone involved in this important project.”
– Vice-Chancellor Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng
With the closure of the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, if you still require access to a COVID-19 vaccination site please visit the CovidComms SA website to find an alternative.
UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) collaborated with Global Citizen, speaking to trusted experts to dispel vaccine misinformation.
If you have further questions about the COVID-19 vaccine check out the FAQ produced by the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF). The DTHF has developed a dedicated chat function where you can ask your vaccine-related questions on the bottom right hand corner of the website.
“As a contact university, we look forward to readjusting our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2023 as the COVID-19 regulations have been repealed.”
– Prof Harsha Kathard, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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.