Timing of your COVID-19 vaccine


As soon as you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is recommended that you get your vaccine as soon as possible since it will give you better protection against severe illness.

In addition, your COVID-19 vaccination will take our campuses, country and the globe, one step closer to herd immunity.

Special cases 

If you have already had COVID-19, recently been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19 or have had flu-like symptoms, please take note of the following medical recommendations:

  • Mild COVID-19 – you can have your vaccine 30 days after recovering from the acute stage. This is usually 40 days after experiencing the first symptoms.
  • Severe COVID-19 – if you required oxygen, you should wait 90 days before having your vaccine.
  • Quarantine – if you are in quarantine because of contact with someone who tested positive, you should complete your 10 days’ quarantine before taking the vaccine.
  • Flu-like symptoms – delay the vaccine until you are well.
  • Other vaccines - there should be a two-week interval between vaccines e.g. shingles vaccine, flu vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine.

For any related queries, please contact occupationalhealth@mandela.ac.za or call 041 504 1003.

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