MUT on-campus vaccination site opens its doors

Raymond Zulu, left, and Nikela Mchunu

Members of the University community are taking advantage of the on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site to get themselves vaccinated.

The COVID-19 Task Team Convener and Head of the Clinic at MUT, Sister Nomusa Mkhwanazi said there was evidence that some people were not vaccinating because they had to commute or walk long distances to get to the vaccination sites.

“So, we thought that with a bigger population at MUT, it will be convenient for them to vaccinate on campus” said Sister Mkhwanazi. Our main objective is to increase the uptake of the vaccine.”

As of this morning, over 110 individuals had vaccinated since the site started operating on Tuesday, 7 September. Those who were the first to vaccinate include Mthokozisi Gumede, the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at MUT, and other student leaders. The first staff members to vaccinate at this site were Nikela Mchunu, the Supervisor of the cleaners, and Raymond Zulu, from the Department of Maintenance.

The numbers of staff and students vaccinating are increasing as the site gets popular, and as staff and students realise the convenience of having a vaccination site on campus. The site provides both Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Sister Mkhwanazi advised staff and students to first register to make it easier for the staff at the site. She mentioned that the site was meant to serve only MUT staff and students for now.