Western Cape Govt Launches Vaccination Site At UCT

The Western Cape government has identified the University of Cape Town as a vaccination site, and today 31 August 2021, they officially launched the programme at the institution. 

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Today, the Western Cape Government, in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT), has launched a vaccination site at the institution. 

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, has commended the event and while saying it's critical in the fight against the Covid-19 spread. 

Now that we have opened up the 18 to 35 year olds, partnership with the university is really critical. We are trying to get these partnerships going across the province.  

Winde said they are trying to get other partnerships with businesses and other organisations like UCT. The initiative is meant to target those between the ages of 18 and 35 and also ensures accessibility for the youth. 

Western Cape is reported to have recorded over 38 000 active cases so far and has had almost 2 million doses of vaccines administered. 

Winde said the efforts are made to advance the province against the predicted forth wave which was predicted to take place in December by the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla. 

In addition, he said the ongoing vaccination programmes protect the economy of the province particularly the hospitality and alcohol industries that have been hit hard by Covid-19. 

Universities are also expected to be continuing with classes and carry on with their programmes. 

The Premier said some of the materials necessary for studying are not always found online. Front-liners are critical and needs to be protected at all costs, Winde said. 

It's reported that UCT has provided the physical facility for the site located on Main Road in Mowbray. However, the centre will be managed exclusively by the Department of Health . 

The department will also provide the daily vaccine doses, as well as staffing solutions medical, administrative, cleaning and security to manage the site.

Winde emphasized that their decisions are based on science and data they get internationally which say that vaccines are a source of protection against getting infected by the virus. 

The Western Cape Government aims to record their own data as they are still waiting for the availability of their own technical equipment to do so.  

Winde has said that they have been looking at other parts of the world where businesses were opened and life went back to normal, and want to use that model in the province. 
 

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