THE National University of Science and Technology (NUST) launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme for staff members and students with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mqhele E. Dlodlo, being the first to get the jab.
The University is targeting over 1 000 staff members and students who will be coming at the campus in phases for the programme.
Before the exercise started, staff members mostly senior managers took time to ask the University`s chief nursing officer, Sister Edith Ngwenya questions about the vaccine and its side effects.
There has been a lot of myths and misconceptions about the vaccine mostly driven by social media, which has affected the uptake of the vaccines even among frontline workers.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dlodlo said taking the vaccines will help the institution carry out its mandate without much challenges.
He said the vaccination programme for universities will greatly help the institutions of higher learning following learning disruptions experienced since the outbreak of Covid-19.
“It really was not anything different from all jabs I am used to. It is a very tiny needle and there are some jabs that require a thicker needle. When it gets in it’s like a mosquito bite. It is important for our staff to get the jab because of the mandate of educating the nation that we have,” said Prof Dlodlo.
The VC said while it is normal for some people to be afraid of being vaccinated, the virus is airborne which means anyone can catch it, hence the need to be vaccinated.