The UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre to open on 1 September 2021

31 August 2021 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

I am proud to announce that the Western Cape Department of Health and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will open the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre at our Forest Hill residence complex in Main Road, Mowbray, on 1 September 2021. The entrance is on Broad Street and I hope to see many of you come in to receive your COVID-19 vaccination, if you have not already received it. Anyone from the age of 18 is eligible.

The vaccination site was officially launched on Monday, 30 August. At that time we explained that its name represents the hope we want to instil in each person who visits. The opportunity to be vaccinated minimises the dire impact of the virus and is a positive step in the battle against the pandemic.

The UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre will be open to all members of the public.

At full capacity, as many as 75 people can be vaccinated every hour. Its location, with easy access via the Main Road and the M3, is convenient for people to either drive themselves or take public transport. Because the entry is on Broad Street, Forest Hill residents and staff members will not be disturbed.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the UCT colleagues, under the leadership of chief operating officer, Dr Reno Morar, for their hard work in setting up this vaccination site; the residents of Forest Hill for sharing this space; and the Western Cape Department of Health for partnering with us in this very important public health intervention.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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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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In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
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