Hundreds of nursing students in the Western Cape will join the province’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign as vaccinators.

The Western Cape government, in conjunction with the University of Western Cape (UWC), have trained 267 final year nursing students to make a meaningful contribution to the provincial vaccine drive.

Nursing students undertook online training at UWC’S IKamva learning site to skill themselves as vaccinators. The course content was developed by the Western Cape Department of Health and in line with national health department protocols.

Students have been skilled to differentiate from the range of vaccines available; monitor people for adverse side effects and enhance their knowledge of COVID-19.


Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, welcomed this achievement saying it would boost the province’s readiness in administering vaccines.

“I met 267 final year nursing students who are set to play a major role in our vaccination campaign. These students will soon be taking up positions on the frontline having received the required training from the Western Cape Department of Health to become vaccinators during our mass campaign,” said Winde.

To date, the Western Cape Government has identified and added 5208 vaccinators to its database. A total of 3 297 received training to comply with national health department standards.

The province has identified 511 doctors; 5 234 nurses; 468 pharmacists, EMS and educators and 214 supervisors and managers to serve as vaccinators when the vaccine drive increases.


Student nurse vaccinators will begin vaccinating on 17 June 2021. They are to service vaccination sites in the Cape Winelands including Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington. Their services will also extent to Khayelitsha East and Northern Tygerberg in the Cape Metro.

One student who underwent the training was Donovan Du Plooy. He said he felt privileged to be a part of this vaccination rollout campaign.

“It is an urgent and equally important part of the country’s response to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will ensure that we get our communities vaccinated and it is important to acquire herd immunity,” said Du Plooy.

Another training recipient, Surayah Shafigah, found the training to be beneficial in expanding her understanding and knowledge of COVID-19. She gained insights into how such pandemics can be managed.

“I look forward to finding out how to become more involved in working with the public and empower people with more knowledge on how to keep safe, take precautions and stay COVID-free,” added Shafigah.


Presh JM Reporter

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