UCT in principle approves proposal for staff, students to be vaccinated by 1 Jan

University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said that at a meeting last weekend, the council discussed this 'complex' matter fully, taking into consideration a range of diverse views.

FILE: The University of Cape Town's upper campus. Picture:123.com

CAPE TOWN - All University of Cape Town (UCT) students and staff must get their COVID-19 vaccine shots by 1 January.

This has been announced by the institution's vice-chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng.

She said that the UCT council had approved, in principle, a proposal requiring staff and students to be vaccinated by the new year.

Phakeng said that at a meeting last weekend, the council discussed this "complex" matter fully, taking into consideration a range of diverse views.

Vaccine mandates have become a hot-button issue in the country.

UCT's Elijah Moholola: "The UCT council has approved in principle a proposal requiring that all staff as a condition of being able to perform their duties and all students as a condition of registration provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19. This will take effect as of 1 January 2022."

Additional reporting by Lauren Isaacs.

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