Although normalcy has returned to many European countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infectiousness of the Corona virus remains a health risk in many African countries. Despite extensive vaccination programmes worldwide and in certain African countries, many countries in Africa have not reached their vaccination targets and herd immunity to protect their citizens from COVID-19 infection. African countries may have received sufficient vaccine doses, however only 10 out of the 54 African countries can boast that they administered at least 50% of the doses received.  It thus requires a concerted effort by all healthcare officials and managers in these countries that lag behind, to rekindle the enthusiasm for vaccinations.  With this in mind, the course of How to Set up a High Volume Vaccination Site has been made available to you to ensure that the current burden on health systems can be relieved going forward. It has been proven in various studies that the only way to prevent serious complications of COVID-19 infection is through full vaccination and the establishment of herd immunity.  We hope that this course to rapidly and effectively set up a vaccination site will assist in bringing every country in Africa up to speed in terms of their vaccination programme. 

Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), a South African registered higher education institution, in partnership with the leading healthcare organisation, Right to Care, and the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, has developed this 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. 


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. 


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