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It has been a week since the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine reached Nelson Mandela Bay shores, where a host of frontline workers lined up for the first jab of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in line with the first phase of the country’s national vaccine rollout plan.

Following a horrid two waves of the coronavirus pandemic – which have claimed the lives of thousands of South Africans, including frontline healthcare workers – the vaccine has become a beacon of hope for many. For many citizens, however, a cloud of uncertainty about the vaccine still lingers.

As part of its vaccination rollout and educational awareness campaign, Nelson Mandela University, in conjunction with the Department of Health in the Metro, is joining hands with experts  to give first-hand insights into the processes, risks and experiences of the vaccination rollout process in the City, in the first of a series of “Vax Fax” conversations.

The initial webinar, taking place on Thursday, 25 February 2021, will also offer viewers an understanding of the science behind the vaccine, to provide an all-round overview of the vaccination journey ahead for the Metro and South Africa.

The series forms part of a holistic “Vax Fax” education campaign by the University to provide credible information to stakeholders, particularly its staff and students, to enable them to make an informed decision about the vaccination opportunity ahead.

The webinar will be facilitated by the University’s Professor Darelle van Greunen, who is the IT advisor on the Metro Vaccination Rollout Task Team, and the Department of Health’s Dr Aneshree Thaveer, who also serves on the same Metro team.

Panellists include:

  • Mandela University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, Dr Thandi Mgwebi, who has a PhD in medical cell and developmental biology, and will share the science behind the vaccine
  • The Department of Health’s Livingstone Hospital Matron Tembisa Notshe, who will give insights into the vaccination processes, from online registration through to the steps taken on the day with every individual
  • Nursing staff member, Masixole Pati, who will share his personal experience of the vaccination

The Daily Maverick’s health journalist Estelle Ellis, will join in asking those all-important questions to enable viewers to get a better sense of what has happened, and will happen, as the Metro rolls out the vaccine.

The webinar details are as follows:

Date: 25 February 2021

Time: 18:30 – 20:00


Contact information
Ms Zandile Mbabela
Media Manager
Tel: 0415042777