Get vaccinated at UFS South Campus

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The University of the Free State (UFS) is asking the people who live close by to the UFS South Campus to visit the pop-up vaccination site that the university, together with the Free State Departments of Health and Education, has launched. The aim of the pop-up is to bring the vaccine closer to local communities.

According to a press statement by the university, Thandeka Mosholi, Head of Social Responsibility Projects and Community Engagement on the South Campus, encourages everyone, including the youth, to get vaccinated in order to preserve their health.

According to Papi Mokhele, a professional pharmacist representing the department of Health, the facility administers only the Pfizer vaccine, and as recommended by the national government, they want to reach herd immunity – about 70% of the population – so that businesses, sporting facilities, and many others can open up and get our lives back to normal.

The statement explains that the other facilities recently opened by the Department of Health include the SABC, Hoffman Square, the Majakathata Taxi Rank, the MUCPP Health Centre in Phelindaba, the Puma Garage at Bergman Square, and the Mangaung Outdoor Centre.

“The Covid-19 vaccines have been put through clinical processes and quality assurance tests. They have also been approved by the South African Medicines Control Council, and we call on the UFS community – especially students – to register and vaccinate,” said Mokhele.

Coretha van den Heever, Teacher Trainer in Social Responsibility Projects who was recently vaccinated against the virus, believes through the vaccine, members of the public can protect themselves and not spread the virus.

Van den Heever concluded, “People must make use of the facility; the UFS and the government have brought the solution closer so that communities do not have to spend a lot of money travelling to get help.”

Corn Koteli