Members of the EMC Prof Stanley Mukhola, DVC: Teaching, Learning and Technology and Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, also got their COVID-19 shots yesterday.
Organised by the Adelaide Tambo School of Nursing Science in collaboration with Tshwane District Health Services, the vaccination drive was arranged to make it easier and more accessible for older colleagues to be vaccinated.
A large number of eager staff members, including professors, lecturers, service workers, support staff and even a number of retired employees, arrived at the Theunis Bester Hall from early in the morning to receive the vaccination. All had the same purpose, to save lives - not only their own, but those of others too.
Colleagues, who received the vaccination, lauded Dr Annah Sefolosha, Head of the Department: Directorate of Health and Wellness, and the organising team for the initiative to arrange the drive and on how well it was organised. Dr Annah echoed their sentiments, commending the technical, logistical and other support staff for the smooth flow of the event and the overall high level of service delivery. “It is only through commitment and team spirit that this was such a successful event,” she said.
Preceding the vaccination drive, an online information session on COVID-19 vaccinations, presented by Sr Nomusa Ngwenya and Dr Yolanda Havenga from the Department of Nursing Science on 26 May, provided an overview of the vaccines available in the country, the benefits of vaccination and possible side effects.
Tending to the emotional health and wellness of staff during these challenging times is equally important. During the vaccination drive, Dr Priscilla Lekgetho for Human Resources and Transformation who assisted with co-ordinating the event, reminded staff of the importance of taking care of their emotional and physical health. She emphasised the importance of healthy eating, getting enough exercise and fresh air, as well as proper sleep.
The second round of campus vaccinations will take place early July. Everyone who received the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine will then receive the second one to ensure the success of the programme.