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University COVID-19 Resources



Natural Immunity
Objection explained

Staff member and registered students who are not vaccinated, but who have recently tested positive for SARS (COVID-19), can apply for a deferral/ exemption based on their natural immunity. 

Please note: Natural immunity exemption is only valid for three months. You can apply for a three-month extension with a sufficiently positive antibody test. 

For more information on natural immunity and accessing UFS campuses, please click here.

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Social compact for staff members and students to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 at the UFS

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, the University of the Free State (UFS) is implementing a SocialCompact for staff and students to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the university. 

The UFS COVID-19 social compact formalises the responsibility of staff and students to care for one another through a set of social and moral expectations. 

To ensure that we all do our part to keep each individual staff member and student healthy and safe, it is important to act in the best interest of everyone’s health, to put the university community first, and to commit ourselves to the compact. 

This requires a commitment to comply with the basic preventative measures of wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, and adhering to hygiene requirements. 

Our staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this important agreement by downloading the social compact.

2022 UFS Coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) statistics
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Statistics for each campus

COVID Stats 26 April 2022

Statistics for all campuses

COVID-19 Stats 26 April UFS Total

2020 UFS Coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) statistics
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Statistics for each campus

COVID Stats per campus

Statistics for all campuses

COVID Stats total

NOTE: The statistics above have been recorded from the beginning of January 2021 These are cases that the university management is aware of or for which the necessary arrangements have been made. The rate of positive cases is carefully monitored by Kovsie Health, and the necessary support is received from the provincial Department of Health.


Coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2)
contact information

COVID-19 toll free number

Toll free number

0800 029 999


World Health Organization website

WHO website


National Institute for Communicable Diseases website

NICD website


University of the Free State website

UFS website


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