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To continue encouraging the Durban University of Technology (DUT) community to get fully vaccinated, DUT’s COVID-19 Response Task Team resumed its #VaccinationThursdays campaign for 2022 at the Food Court, Steve Biko Campus on Thursday, 13 January 2021.

This weekly vaccination opportunity forms part of DUT’s own in-house COVID-19 vaccination programme offered in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.

Vaccination will be taking place every Thursday at the Food Court on the Steve Biko campus, opposite the Library. Entry is via gate 2 only, for both pedestrians and drivers. The vaccination site is open from 08h30 to 15h00 on Thursdays.

Getting her booster vaccination, Dr Depika Dwarka, Research Fellow at the Department of Biotechnology said she decided to go for her booster because she wants to be safe and be able to protect herself and others.

“The only way we can stop this COVID-19 pandemic is to vaccinate. So please, I urge everyone to vaccinate,” she said.

Second-year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care student, Nolwazi Manqele excited after vaccinating for COVID-19 for the first time.

Vaccinating for COVID-19 for the first time, second-year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care student, Nolwazi Manqele (21) said she had no choice but to vaccinate as she soon needs to go back to living at the residence.

“To those students who are still thinking twice about getting vaccinated, I would suggest that we do it guys. We don’t have a choice in order for things to go back to normal. Most elderly people have vaccinated, it is now up to us the youth to get our country fully opened. I suggest we vaccinate. Vaccines are not new, we have vaccinated before and survived,” advised Manqele.

The DUT COVID-19 Response Task Team encourages those that are due for their Johnson & Johnson booster or their second Pfizer dose, to not delay getting vaccinated. It also stated that apart from those coming to DUT for vaccination against COVID-19, only fully vaccinated persons may enter DUT premises, unless they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is no longer than 48 hours old.

Those who are overdue for a vaccination will not be permitted access to campus until they are fully vaccinated. This is in line with the Three Choices Policy adopted by Council and communicated to the DUT community on 9 December 2021.

Only those with valid 2022 permits to enter campus as issued by their line managers/Deans/HODs will be permitted entry. Permits issued in 2021 are no longer valid.

When coming to DUT for vaccination, please present the following to the security officer at gate 2:

  • Your student or staff card
  • Your vaccination card (if you have already received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine)
  • ID
  • HealthCheck result
  • Permit to be on campus (issued by HOD, line manager, Dean)

DUT offers both the Johnson & Johnson and the Pfizer vaccines but requires prior notice if you choose the Pfizer vaccine for reasons of cold storage. To book a Pfizer vaccine, please email Otherwise, you do not need to make an appointment.

Persons who have received one dose of the J & J vaccine are due for a booster vaccination 60 days later. Those who have received one dose of Pfizer are due for a second dose 42 days later. Third, booster Pfizer vaccinations will also be available 180 days after a second Pfizer vaccination.

All staff and students are welcome to visit DUT’s COVID-19 vaccination centre. The vaccination centre is only serving DUT staff and students. For further information, please email

Pictured: Dr Depika Dwarka, Research Fellow at the Department of Biotechnology, getting ready to get her booster jab.

Simangele Zuma and COVID-19 Response Task Team

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