COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc worldwide despite massive vaccination campaigns and various levels of lockdown since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. Vaccinating against the Coronavirus remains a priority to curb the spread of the virus and establish herd immunity.  This will relieve the burden currently placed on healthcare systems. Up to date South Africa has managed to vaccinate just over 2 million individuals, less than 4% of our population and falling extremely behind our target for reaching herd immunity (between 60-70% vaccinated). Nothwithstanding the more than 400 active vaccination sites established across the country, there is still a dire need to upscale the vaccination campaign and to rapidly and effectively set up more sites to assist with the required target. 

In response to this, Foundation for Professional Development, a registered higher education institution, in partnership with the leading healthcare organisation, Right to Care, and the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, have developed an interactive course to equip essential role players with the necessary knowledge, tools and problem-solving capabilities to rapidly set up an ideal vaccination centre. 

Who Should Enrol

  • Medical Practitioners
  • Clinical Associates
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Professional Nurses
  • Enrolled Nurses
  • Auxiliary Nursing Assistants
  • Facility Managers
  • Assistant Facility Managers
  • Queue Marshals
  • Administrators
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Assistants
  • Runners
  • All other essential role players involved in the rollout and success of vaccination sites.

Course Design

This is an interactive, comprehensive eLearning course with a minimum completion duration of 8 hours.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, a participant will be able to:

  • Describe the essential elements in a successful COVID-19 vaccination programme within the world context and in South Africa.
  • Outline the structure of a successful COVID-19 vaccination centre.
  • Describe an effective communication, command and control with reporting framework for a vaccination centre.
  • Describe all the aspects to take into consideration when doing a site selection.
  • Develop and implement a process flow outlay for a specific vaccine site.
  • Identify the required team, support services required for a vaccine site.
  • Describe the requirements for receiving, storing and maintaining the cold chain before and during administering of vaccines.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to setting up an ideal Vaccination site

  • Epidemiological considerations
  • The importance of the COVID-19 Vaccine 
  • Command and control within a COVID-19 vaccination site 
  • Ideal Personal Protective Equipment 
  • Communication 
  • Reporting and group meeting structure 


Module 2: Planning an ideal COVID-19 vaccination site 

  • Registering on EVDS
  • The vaccination space 
  • The team 
  • Non-pharmaceutical equipment 
  • Calculations essential in a vaccination site 
  • GEO-Spatial analysis in site selection 


Module 3: Organisation of the Ideal vaccination site 

  • Process flow from A-Z
  • Pitfalls 
  • Signage 
  • Waste Management 
  • Tools (Checklist for assessing a vaccination site) 


Module 4: Vaccine supply and compliance at a COVID-19 vaccination site 

  • Reception of Vaccines 
  • Types of vaccines and their unique requirements
  • Vaccine administration requirements 
  • Stock Control 



Multiple choice questionnaire after each module. Participants will be required to obtain a cumulative average of 50% to qualify for their certificate of completion. 


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion of this course.


Funding was made possible by the generous support of the American people from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID through Right to Care, a leading regional health system strengthening organisation). 


For more information please contact

School of Health Science


Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109

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This is an interactive, comprehensive eLearning course with a minimum completion duration of 8 hours.