I got my shot. RU Vaccinated?

JOIN OUR VACCINATION DRIVE! 

A CVRTT INITIATIVE

In response to the government strategy through the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Higher Health to increase the availability of the number of sites for the vaccination of the adult population by March 2022, Rhodes University opened an outreach site at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village on campus on 20 July 2021.

According to the framework set out by Higher Health, once all the Rhodes University staff and students eligible for vaccination under the current national rollout plan have been vaccinated,  family members and the greater Makhanda community will be vaccinated.

Members of staff and students who are eligible to be vaccinated must register on the official Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) self-registration portal -  https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za. Following their registration, you must send an email to vaccine@ru.ac.za to make an appointment to receive your vaccination. The following details must be included in the email:

·         In the subject line, your surname and ID number

·         Name and surname

·         ID number

·         Staff /student number

·         Contact number

 

Information on this page will change regularly, so please check back. Let's vaccinate South Africa together. #RUVaccinated #Getyourshot

 

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Vaccines are ultimately the only way to ensure that we beat COVID-19, yet vaccine hesitancy remains a threat to protecting our community. In this series, Virologist at Rhodes University and member of the Provincial COVID-19 Expert Panel, Professor Rosemary Dorrington, will address queries, fears, and misinformation that many of our citizens face.
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In a televised address to the nation on Sunday, 27 June, President Ramaphosa announced that in light of the third wave of the pandemic, the country would be moving to adjusted Alert Level 4 as of Monday, 28 June 2021. “Our priority is to break the chain of transmission by reducing person-to-person contact and thereby help to flatten the curve,” Ramaphosa said.
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Coronavirus Response Task Team (CVRTT)

The Rhodes University Coronavirus Response Task Team can be contacted on cvrtt@ru.ac.za.

For a brief compilation of suggestions that might help you better manage your mood and anxiety over the lockdown period (or help prevent these from worsening), please CLICK HERE. You can also apply for online therapy, via the Psychology Clinic, by filling in an application form at https://www.ru.ac.za/psychology/psychologyclinic/#d.en.173753

Kindly note that the Daily Self-Assessment Screening Questionnaire, the Initial Risk Assessment, RU Access Control Protocol and the RU Health and Safety Protocol can be found on the HR website at https://www.ru.ac.za/humanresources/ under Useful Information on COVID-19.

Below are the latest pertinent updates. For all full updates & communiques, please scroll further down the page. 

 

EXCERPT: UPDATE OF 28 JUNE 2021, REGARDING ADJUSTED ALERT LEVEL 4

In a televised address to the nation on Sunday, 27 June, President Ramaphosa announced that in light of the third wave of the pandemic, the country would be moving to adjusted Alert Level 4 as of Monday, 28 June 2021. In order to respond to the adjusted lockdown level, Rhodes University has several arrangements in place.

Read full communique here: [28 June 2021] COVID-19 Update | Adjusted Alert Level 4

 

 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE TASK TEAM 

Rhodes University’s Coronavirus Response Task Team (CVRTT) was formed to address the challenges that might arise should there be a suspected or confirmed case at Rhodes University and to develop and implement an action plan to respond to the risks of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are taking steps to ensure every possible challenge is being addressed. We are actively and closely monitoring the situation and making appropriate arrangements to mitigate its impact on the health, welfare and safety of our students and staff.

Regular information will be shared with the community as the situation continues to change and develop. The current situation in respect of COVID-19 is extremely fluid and changes daily. Please be alert to any updates distributed by the University.

The Task Team can be contacted on cvrtt@ru.ac.za.

 

SUSPECTED CASES 

  • The Rhodes University Health Care Centre has been identified as the first port of call for suspected cases.
  • It is advised that those who suspect they may be infected first call the Centre and ask them how to proceed. This will allow the health care workers to prepare.
  • The Health Care Centre’s phone number is 046 603 8523.
  • After hours, please contact ER24 on 010 205 3068.
  • Please refer to the Coronavirus Protocol for steps that need to be taken and preventative measures.
  • In the case of suspected cases with mild illness, a transit housing facility will be made available for isolation.

 

EVENTS ON CAMPUS, CROWDING & SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • All events which will involve significant numbers of people from outside of Makhanda/Grahamstown and its immediate surrounds, which were to have taken place on the Rhodes University campus are either cancelled, postponed, or converted to an online event
  • Any and all events on campus require permission. Please contact: covidmeetingpermission@ru.ac.za.
  • Staff and students are advised to avoid crowded areas which could potentially spread the disease.

 

CLEANLINESS & HYGIENE

  • Staff and students are urged to educate themselves about the hygiene practices to follow to avoid infection. The simplest and most effective method is to wash hands thoroughly with soap (for 20 seconds) and rinse with water.
  • A water task team has been formed to develop a short-, medium-, and long-term plan and strategies to mitigate the impact of water shortages on the University, especially in the context of a possible outbreak of the coronavirus.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed at strategic points across the campus, and all are encouraged to use them responsibly, cognisant of the fact that the ongoing supply of hand sanitiser has become very limited. Please see: Sanitiser Locations.
  • People are encouraged to keep healthy by engaging in alternative forms of exercising outside or in well-ventilated areas.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • The task team is in regular contact with the Provincial Department of Health.
  • Regular communications will be issued to the University informing the community of any changes.
  • Awareness-raising campaigns are currently being rolled-out.

 

Link to the official protocol (what to do in the event of a suspected case): Coronavirus Protocol
 
 
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