Transport to the dedicated UCT vaccination site in Pinelands

30 July 2021 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

I am writing to update you on the latest vaccination information for members of the University of Cape Town (UCT) community.

The Pinelands Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vaccination site, in Alexandra Road, has allocated next Monday and Tuesday, 2 and 3 August 2021, for UCT staff members who are 35+ years old to receive their first dose of the vaccine with little or no queuing. Please bring your UCT staff card, ID book, medical aid details (if applicable) and the SMS you received after registering for the vaccination on the EVDS system.

UCT will provide Jammie Shuttle transportation to the Pinelands EMS site every 30 minutes from 07:30 on 2 and 3 August, from North Stop via Tugwell. The last shuttle will leave at 14:30. You are also welcome to make your own way to the site.

Colleagues who are over 35 years old and have registered on the EVDS system may also visit any other vaccination site if that is more convenient. However, you will then need to join the queue with other members of the public. Jammie Shuttle transportation will not be provided to any other site.

If you have already received your first dose of the vaccine, you will receive an SMS to tell you where to go to receive the second dose. The service on Monday and Tuesday next week at the Pinelands EMS vaccination site is dedicated to eligible UCT staff to receive a vaccine for the first time.

If you are in the eligible age group and have not yet registered for the vaccine, please take a moment to do so now through the EVDS system. You will receive an SMS to verify your registration, which you will need to show at the vaccination site.

Everyone who is receiving the vaccine needs to ensure that they:

  • are not currently experiencing any flu symptoms or have had flu symptoms in the previous two weeks;
  • have not received a COVID-19 positive diagnosis in the previous 30 days; and
  • have not received any other vaccinations (such as for flu or hepatitis) in the previous two weeks

If you are unsure of your medical history or have any questions about the advisability of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please consult with your medical practitioner or contact one of the following the COVID assistance facilities:

We are making progress with the Western Cape Department of Health to set up a community vaccination site at the Forest Hills residence complex. The site will be open to all eligible UCT staff and students and eligible members of the public.

From 1 September, people who are aged 18-35 years or older will become eligible for the vaccine. This is very good news, as it increases the possibility of returning to more face-to-face activities when we begin the 2022 academic year, if not sooner.

Please complete the online COVID-19 induction programme if you have not yet done so. This induction is mandatory for all students and staff members, even if you completed it last year. It is one of the ways the university ensures that each of us knows how to prevent the spread of the virus while on campus. Staff members who do not have online access or smartphones will need to contact their line managers to make an alternative arrangement.

In case you are wondering, I have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So have many colleagues in senior leadership at UCT. It is a small step that makes a huge difference, because each of us is taking personal responsibility to help save lives, reduce the workload on the hardworking health sector, and keep our loved ones healthy. This is a time when we all have to do what we can to keep each other safe. So please join me and other UCT colleagues who have “had the jab”.


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 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.


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UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre

On Wednesday, 20 July, staff from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences came together with representatives from the Western Cape Government at the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre at Forest Hill Residence to acknowledge the centre’s significance in the fight against COVID-19 and to thank its staff for their contributions. The centre opened on 1 September 2021 with the aim of providing quality vaccination services to UCT staff, students and the nearby communities, as well as to create an opportunity for medical students from the Faculty of Health Sciences to gain practical public health skills. The vaccination centre ceased operations on Friday, 29 July 2022.

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.


“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.

Thank You UCT Community

Frequently asked questions


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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.

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“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.