The university’s Vaccine Mandate Panel (VMP) will hold a session on the draft UCT Vaccine Mandate Policy at a staff assembly this week. The session is part of the consultative process and speaks to the Institutional Fora. It will be facilitated by the Chair of the VMP and Deputy Dean: Health Services in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Associate Professor Tracey Naledi and Deputy Chair, Professor Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in the Faculty of Law.
All staff are encouraged to participate in the session to make their voices heard and to learn more about the work of the panel. This also includes reading the draft policy ahead of the session to ensure meaningful engagement.
The online staff assembly will be held at 08:30 on Thursday, 27 January via the Microsoft Teams platform.
As already communicated, following Council’s in-principle approval of a proposal requiring that all staff and students provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, the draft policy has been published in full and is open to a consultation process among UCT stakeholders. This consultation process will be completed by 31 January 2022.
Comments can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once all comments are received, the VMP will consider these further and a final decision on the policy will be made by the UCT Council.
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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Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has in June 2022 repealed some of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 regulations: namely, sections 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of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.