Prof Hannelie (JC) Meyer

Hannelie Meyer is the Head of the South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) and Programme Coordinator of the MPharm in Public Health Pharmacy and Management in the School of Pharmacy at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She is a National Research Foundation Category C2 rated scientist and specialises in vaccine safety, vaccination as an important pillar of antimicrobial stewardship, vaccine hesitancy and rational medicine use in the field of public health pharmacy. Her research aims to strengthen healthcare services, improve public health, and contribute towards reaching the sustainable development goal of good health and well-being. She chairs the ministerial advisory National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee, and in this capacity, serves on the National Advisory Group on Immunisation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked with the National Department of Health and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to establish the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Surveillance network for South Africa. She chairs the African Union Smart Safety Solutions (AU-3S) Joint Signal Management Group, aimed at facilitating cross-country signal management for COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to support action in the interest of public health and safety. In December 2021 she was appointed to the Board of SAHPRA.