South Africans aged 60 and older can now register online to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations as part of the preparation for phase two of the country’s vaccine rollout.
South Afircan’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), which previously been limited to accept registrations from frontline healthcare workers only, has been opened up to the country’s elderly population.
Despite South Africa lagging behind in its phased approach to the rollout – with less than 300 000 healthcare workers vaccinated out of a targeted 1.2 million in phase one – the department of health is readying itself for the next phase, which aims to vaccinate more than 16 million South Africans.
While South Africa’s vaccination program is currently on hold due to the concerns around blood clots, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize urged persons aged 60 and older to register for their shots on Friday morning.
The online registration can be completed via a desktop computer or smartphone. “If you are 60 years or older, you may now register for vaccination” explained Mkhize at the launch of the expansion of the EVDS system to include persons identified in phase two of the rollout.
“You must have your ID and medical aid card [number], if you have one, and when you register, it’s very important that you put the correct cellphone number and address where you live. The data from the system assists us to allocate the vaccines to the vaccine service point and ensure that there are enough vaccines available on a particular vaccination day”
Once the registration process has been completed, the department of health will communicate details of the closest vaccination site allocation and date with the applicant via an SMS.
People who encounter problems registering through the EVDS have been encouraged to call the Covid-19 hotline on 08600 029 999. Mkhize added that a dedicated call center for the EVDS was being finalised and, once live, would handle all registration-related queries.
Once vaccinated, you will receive a digital vaccination card as proof of the jab. This, too, will be registered through and delivered by, the EVDS system.