13 August 2021 Volume :9 Issue :35

UKZN a Trailblazer in the Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19

UKZN a Trailblazer in the Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19
UKZN staff members who were vaccinated at the Howard College vaccination site.

The University is the first academic institution in KwaZulu-Natal to be officially approved as a COVID-19 vaccination site. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Health Sciences, Professor Busi Ncama has been instrumental in leading the vaccination rollout at UKZN in partnership with the KZN Department of Health.

The vaccination site, located at the Old Mutual Sports Hall on the Howard College campus, opened on 5 August with staff from the Department of Health giving vaccinations to University personnel and students over the age of 35.

Explaining what she termed a ‘pleasant experience’, Ms Thandi Ngcobo of the John Langalibalele Dube Institute said she was impressed by the medical personnel’s professionalism and support.

Ngcobo, who was the first person in line for the jab, said: ‘I felt great! There’s this sense of relief and pride, not only for being the first to be vaccinated, but also being able to protect my loved ones - who have since followed my example.’

Mr Saziso Ndlovu of the School of Nursing and Public Health said he was happy to finally get his jab and for his life to return to some degree of normality. He encouraged others to get vaccinated, saying ‘it’s the right thing to do!’

Another vaccination site is expected to open on the Westville campus next month.

From September 1, vaccinations will be given to staff, students and members of the public over the age of 18. Operating hours are from 8am to 4pm and those wanting the jab need to produce identification. Individuals will be asked to fill in a mandatory questionnaire and to wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination to be monitored by medical staff.

The Department of Health recommends that people wait for 35 days after a positive COVID-19 result or 30 days after their last symptoms before getting vaccinated.

To register to be vaccinated, please click on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EDVS) here.

Words: Hlengiwe Khwela

Photograph: Sethu Dlamini

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