More Universities To Set Up Vaccination Sites

Now that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has set up a Covid-19 vaccination site, more Universities will soon follow. These vaccinations will give more access to communities to get vaccinated in hopes that the vaccine rollout will go faster.

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More Universities will be setting up vaccination sites at their campuses.

CPUT opened the first vaccination site which started vaccinating it's very own staff and students just last week with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, saying CPUT has always been embedded in the community.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) along with other Universities are getting registered to become vaccination sites.

UWC officially started vaccinating staff and students at the UWC vaccination site at the University's Main Campus in Bellville on 8 June. NMU was approved as a Master Facility COVID-19 Vaccination Site by the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH) and started vaccinations today.

CPUT will provide vaccinations to the following groups of people:

  • Staff and students of CPUT
  • Relatives of staff of CPUT
  • South Africans over 60
  • Healthcare workers
  • Past CPUT who are now on pension

Over 60% of students and staff of health faculty have been vaccinated already. During first week of vaccinations, 316 people have been vaxxed which includes 233 healthcare workers and 83 people over 60.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, said:

I'm really bowled over by what CPUT is doing which confirms that this is one of our premier Universities of Technology.

In January 2021, the Health Cluster recognised that vaccination of the CPUT community would be the next milestone in their Covis-19 response. They then found a  former cafeteria that was not in use which was then converted at no cost.

There were volunteers who were working free of charge at the vaccine site, said CPUT.

CPUT's Faculty of Health then became involved in the vaccination of healthcare workers as the University is now on phase 1b and 2b of the vaccination of non-health staff and students.

20 vaccainators have been trained with 200 to 500 vaccinations being done per day.

CPUT has the capacity to store 23 000 vials which means they can store 90 000 vaccine shots.

Higher Health CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, said, "the virus is becoming endemic which means it's co-existing with humans ... whether you are young or old, you are equally vulnerable to the virus".

They encourage masks and social distancing to break the chain of the virus but also encourage getting vaccinated as it offers a strong defence against Covid-19 worst effects.

Vaccinations are highly effective and will increase immunity to such a level that your body won’t allow the virus to result in you having critical health conditions.

On Monday morning, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) presented the results of a study on the impact of Covid-19 on students in the higher education sector, at CPUT's Bellville Campus.

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