UWC nursing students trained as vaccinators to bolster Western Cape’s fight against Covid-19

By UWC Institutional Advancement Writer 28m in the past

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CAPE TOWN: The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is boosting the province’s Covid-19 vaccination roll-out drive by the use of a certified cohort of final-year nursing students appearing as vaccinators and by opening a vaccination centre on its essential campus for its employees, students, alumni and members of the family.

UWC vaccination website Co-ordinator Prof Firdouza Waggie defined that UWC was a socially responsive establishment, attuned to the wants of the communities, and due to this fact responded positively to the decision from the Western Cape Department of Health for greater schooling establishments to play a job within the province’s vaccination roll-out.

After intensive engagement with the division’s Northern and Tygerberg substructure, the UWC vaccination centre opened its doorways on June 8. Four vaccinators had been recruited and they’re supported by the UWC nursing students on the UWC vaccination centre.

In addition, 20 UWC postgraduate students had been trained to perform administrative duties. The centre includes 42 employees members that features, 1 website co-ordinator, 1 operations supervisor, 5 vaccinators, 20 directors who work in two shifts, 7 safety employees and eight hygiene controllers.

Weekly communication is distributed out to the UWC neighborhood on Covid-19 and vaccination data. To date 5 859 vaccinations have been administered on the UWC Vaccination centre .

This was the primary nursing student-vaccinator collaboration to be rolled out within the province, stated Elrien Joubert of the Western Cape Department of Health. “The collaboration was quite seamless, as UWC was sensitive to our requirements and needs,” stated Joubert. The division additionally has a longtime relationship with UWC’s School of Nursing.

The 267 taking part nursing students have been cut up into two teams, and the primary cohort of 134 vaccinators began on June 17, stated Jeffrey Hoffman, portfolio supervisor of the fourth-year nursing students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the university and the UWC School of Nursing to be involved. We strive to provide relevant training that will allow our students to contribute meaningfully, especially in preparation for their completion as professional registered nurses.”

The preliminary work befell through the students’ mid-year break as a part of their medical placement.

Professor Jennifer Chipps, director of UWC’s School of Nursing, defined that the students accomplished their vaccination competency coaching already of their third year. With simply months to go earlier than their neighborhood service placement as skilled registered nurses, these students had been well-prepared to bolster the well being sector’s efforts to vaccinate as many communities as potential.

“The students are doing the same training as other registered nurses involved in the vaccination drive,” added Professor Maggie Williams, division head of the School of Nursing’s medical and neighborhood outreach programmes.

They work full-time at vaccination websites within the Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington), as nicely as Khayelitsha East and Northern Tygerberg within the Cape Metro.

“The longer placement is to ensure that students are orientated with the requirements of the task. Also, the additional support to the staff at these sites during the third wave will be invaluable,” famous Joubert.

Training was executed on-line by way of the college’s zero-rated IKamva studying website, stated Prof Williams. The content material was aligned with the nationwide Department of Health vaccine coaching and included a primary overview of Covid-19, an understanding of the assorted accessible vaccines, and data of the “nurse as observer” for these students who can be monitoring sufferers for unintended effects instantly after vaccination, defined Joubert.

Prof Williams emphasised that participation within the vaccinator collaboration was voluntary.

“All of the students taking part have consented to being vaccinators.”

Fourth-year scholar Sibongile Fumhe stated: “Many people are not comfortable about the Covid-19 vaccine. Seeing others receiving the vaccine will hopefully motivate more people to do the same.”

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