Tuesday 10 August, Stellenbosch University (SU) will launch a vaccination site
for its staff and members of the public who have registered on the official
South African COVID-19 vaccination portal.
enhancing access to vaccinations for University staff and the greater
Stellenbosch community, the site is expected to relieve pressure on hospitals
and clinics in the area.
are safe and save lives. I urge everyone eligible for the jab to get it – I got
mine,” says SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Wim de Villiers.
vaccination site, located in the easily accessible Lentelus clubhouse at
the University’s soccer complex in Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch, will
be run in line with the national vaccine rollout guidelines, and in collaboration
with Stellenbosch Hospital, an official vaccination centre.
Nico Koopman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and
Personnel, says the site is the outcome of consistent
efforts by SU’s Campus Health Service and other University role-players to
advance access to vaccinations.
“The health and well-being of our staff and students
is a top priority for the University – even more so during COVID-19. The establishment
of a vaccination site attests to that commitment,” he says.
The University has 4 855
employees, including 1 353 at Tygerberg, where some 80% of staff were assisted
through the Sisonke vaccination programme earlier this year. That is where the
VC got his jab, administered by fourth-year medical student Jess Davies.
“While we welcome external
options, we are glad that we will now also have this internal site for our
staff and their families. It will benefit other educational institutions and
the local community too, as well as our younger staff members and students once
they are eligible to register for the vaccine.”
SU vaccination site will start its programme using the Pfizer vaccine, and eligible
individuals – currently those aged 35 and above – will be able to receive both
their first and second doses at the site.
will be allocated via the Western Cape Department of Health according to
availability, and those
administering the jabs will have been trained for this purpose under the
Dr Pierre Viviers, senior director of SU’s Campus Health Service, says :
“Our aim is to start administering at least 50 vaccinations a day. If we can
get to 400 a day, that will be great.”
Viviers adds that the
University plans to keep the site going with a view to using it for booster shots
and other vaccinations in the future.
“This is a longer-term
programme to enable continuous vaccination. We will then have the
infrastructure in place for our site to be part of further vaccine programmes,”
persons to use the site, Viviers says: “We know that vaccines are effective to
curb the coronavirus disease and its complications, especially mortality.
Vaccines are the quickest way to achieve herd immunity to limit the spread of
the virus and mitigate the disaster it has caused.”
Once registered on the national EVDS (Electronic Vaccination Data System), SU staff can register on SU's vaccination portal to scheduled an appointment for their vaccination.