Dear colleagues and students
The third wave of COVID-19 is causing an alarming rise in cases across South Africa and in the Western Cape. We want every member of the University of Cape Town (UCT) community to know what to do if:
If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms and have been advised by a health practitioner to be tested for the virus:
If as a staff member you are worried about how COVID-19 might affect your medical leave balance:
If you are eligible for a vaccination and would like to get one:
If you are unsure of your medical history or have any questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
Everyone who is receiving the vaccine needs to ensure that they:
UCT’s Community of Hope Vaccination Centre at the Forest Hills residence complex will be operational as of 1 September 2021. We are partnering with the Western Cape Department of Health to vaccinate eligible members of the public and all eligible UCT staff and students. From 1 September 2021, anyone who is at least 18 years old will be able to be vaccinated.
Individual personal behaviour remains an important factor in preventing the spread of the virus.
As a community that cares for each other and our families and friends, we need to each take individual responsibility to help prevent a significant rise in COVID-19 infections. Please continue to take the necessary precautions:
The pandemic has raised some unusual issues for everyone around the world. UCT is working to develop ways to help you through these issues, so please share your questions and concerns:
UCT’s highest priority is your health and safety and that of your loved ones. Please do all you can to keep yourself and others well.
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 regularly with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
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.
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.