Higher education institutions to administer COVID-19 vaccines

The Department of Higher Education and Training has made its post-school education and training institutions available to be part of the comprehensive health institutions to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said higher education institutions, including universities and colleges, are geographically located in all provinces and localities, making them easily accessible to communities for vaccinations.

“These institutions will play a rapid response role in ensuring that the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine is accelerated in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s phased plan,” Nzimande said in a statement.

Nzimande will visit the University of Pretoria (UP) vaccination center on Thursday, where he will receive a briefing from the University of Pretoria and Higher Health on the management of COVID-19 cluster outbreaks.

The Minister will also take the opportunity to receive his second inoculation at the UP vaccination center, to further demonstrate his solidarity with the educators who are part of the current cohort to be vaccinated.

Nzimande received his first COVID-19 vaccination last month at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

The minister will be joined on Thursday by the leadership of the University of Pretoria, headed by Professor Tawana Kupe and the CEO of Higher Health, Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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