In partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) began its COVID-19 vaccination rollout on 8 June 2021.
Tomorrow will see the official virtual launch of the UWC Vaccination Centre which has been set up in the Main Hall at the main campus.
At present the service is available for students and staff over the age of 60. In addition, staff members’ spouses and parents who are over the age of 60 may also be vaccinated at the centre.
UWC staff and students linked to the health sciences programmes can continue to be vaccinated at the UWC Vaccination Centre, as this is part of the National Vaccine Rollout.
The university leadership reiterated that this service is for those who wish to be vaccinated (including international students) and is therefore completely voluntary. The service is only available to those residing in the Western Cape.
The UWC Vaccination Centre will be open from 9h00-15h30 from Tuesdays to Fridays.
Western Cape Health Minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo visited the centre ahead of the launch.
Dr Mbombo said she was impressed with the level of service from the moment she entered the UWC campus grounds: from the security checks, to the professionalism the more than 200 nursing students – now fully trained vaccinators – exhibited while performing their task.
Mbombo said the UWC vaccination centre is one of the bigger sites in the Western Cape, serving mainly UWC staff, their spouses, their parents as well as UWC students.
Acting Rector, Professor Vivienne Lawack, said: “This vaccination center was made possible through collaboration with our close partner, the Western Cape Department of Health, and UWC’s Faculty of Community Health Sciences.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank key UWC staff and our nursing students for reaching out to the community to ensure that the rollout in the Western Cape is enhanced. I received feedback from someone who was vaccinated at the UWC vaccination centre. He remarked on the caring way in which he was vaccinated and the high level of professionalism he experienced.”
The Executive Director: Finance and Services, Mr Manie Regal, said: “The vaccination process is a very safe and important health care intervention necessary to fight COVID-19 and was thankful to all staff and stakeholders responsible for achieving a fully functional UWC vaccination center.”
Prof Anthea Rhoda, dean of UWC’s Community Health Sciences Faculty, said this vaccination initiative is proof that it is important for UWC to collaborate with external partners to make such initiatives possible.
Meanwhile, final-year UWC nursing students have joined the fight against the spread of COVID-19. They were trained in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health, to be vaccinators, and will be working at various vaccination sites.
This is the first nursing student-vaccinator collaboration to be rolled out in the province, said Elrien Joubert, of the Western Cape Department of Health. “The collaboration was quite seamless, as UWC was sensitive to our requirements and needs,” said Joubert. The department also has an established relationship with UWC’s School of Nursing through the clinical placement of student nurses as part of their training.