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20/04/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccine: Who must register?

  • All Healthcare Workers (public & private) who intend to be vaccinated - Phase 1
  • From 16 April 2021 citizens aged 60 years should enrol on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
  • Remember, vaccination is voluntary
  • Everyone who registers will be notified when it is their turn via sms with a date, time and place
  • Everyone who registers will be offered the vaccination

What information is used for EVDS?

  • Identify eligible vaccination beneficiaries - done in phases according to age
  • Plan supply of vaccines and ancillary items
  • Allocate beneficiaries to their nearest available service point
  • Communicate with enrolled individuals about the vaccination program, including but not limited to:
    • eligibility
    • where they will be vaccinated
    • follow-up vaccination appointments.

What do you need to register?

  1. Access to the internet on any device (cellphone, laptop, tablet, desktop etc.)
  2. Your ID number or Passport (non-RSA)
  3. General contact information (your cellphone number will be used as the primary mode of communication)
  4. Information about your employment (primary employer and location of work)
  5. Where relevant, your professional registration details, and medical aid are also requested.
  6. With all information at hand registration should take approximately 2-3 minutes

There is an online Vaccine Toolkit and Resources available, Hotline: 0800 029 999 or WhatsApp: 0600-123456

What you need to know about the Vaccination Programme

  1. The cost of the vaccination at an accredited vaccination site will be covered in full where your client is a member of a medical scheme. If your client is not a member of a medical scheme, the cost of the vaccination will be covered by the Government.
  2. The SA Government has bought sufficient COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all adults in South Africa through the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
  3. Vaccines will be administered in phases according to a national prioritisation framework, and not on a first-come-first-served basis. This ensures that people most at-risk are vaccinated first.
  4. In the current Phase 1, vaccination efforts are focused on healthcare workers.
  5. The Government has indicated the likely start dates of subsequent phases as:
    • Phase 2 is likely to start in the third or fourth week of May 2021.
    • Phase 3 is likely to start in October 2021.
  6. In Phase 2 vaccination efforts will be focused on the elderly and those living with an illness. People older than 60 years will be vaccinated first, starting with the oldest, before getting to those younger than 60 with underlying medical conditions, e.g.
    • First: People older than 80 years
    • Second: People 70 to 80 years old
    • Third: People 60 to 70 years old
    • Fourth: People below the age of 60 years with underlying medical conditions
  7. Phase 3 vaccination efforts will focus on the rest of the population, i.e. those younger than 60 years with no underlying medical conditions.

Learn more about the national rollout and relevant information on the procurement of vaccines from Discovery irrespective of whether you are a client or not.

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