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Update on the vaccination of over 60s in South Africa

Posted By Angela W / May 24, 2021 / 12 Comments

South Africa began Phase 2 of its Covid-19 vaccination program in May 2021.
This means that all over 60’s now have the opportunity
to receive the jab.



YEI is receiving many enquiries from our senior audience.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to when, where and how seniors will receive their vaccination, and concern about fake news.



  • We will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, and have put together an FAQ – see below.
  • Please note that this information will be updated on a daily basis.
  • The source of the information is included below.
  • YEI cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies of source information



Please note that there are 4 ways to register in South Africa:

  1.   EVDS system, login to COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (health.gov.za) and complete the online form
  2.  WhatsApp – You can now register on the Covid Whatsapp number by sending ‘Register’ to 0600 123 456
  3.  USSD – You can also register by SMS – send your ID number to *134*832*
  4. If you do not have an ID number, please dial *134*832# for assistance.


FAQ/Frequently Asked Questions


Update:  16 August 2021


Private Sector vaccination sites

Business for South Africa (B4SA), which is coordinating the private sector’s work with Government to roll out the national vaccination programme, says that all private sector vaccination sites across South Africa are accepting walk-ins from anyone currently eligible for vaccination, regardless of whether they are insured or uninsured. Sites will accept anyone for vaccination who has an ID, passport or other form of identification, regardless of their nationality. These sites include both independent community pharmacies and corporate pharmacy chains (examples are Dis-Chem and Clicks), private hospitals and medical scheme vaccination sites. Click here for more information on Private Sector Sites. 


Where can I search for Vaccination Sites?


Can I arrive at a Vaccination site without an appointment and get the vaccine?

  • Yes,  walk-in arrangements are in place for all age groups who qualify to register for the vaccine.(see above statement regarding Private Sector Vaccination Sites)


How does the EVDS system decide where to assign you for your vaccination?

  • Based on the information you entered when you registered the system will allocate a site within 10kms of that address in Urban areas and within 30kms of that address in Rural areas.


When will I receive my SMS?

  • you will receive your SMS as soon as capacity in your area allows


What if I miss my vaccination date?

  • Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Minister of Health said:  “Those who miss appointments will be rescheduled two more times,  with dates and times assigned”.   After a third missed appointment, recipients will have to manually reschedule, either over the phone with the government’s Covid-19 hotline, or by going to a registration centre in person.


Can I choose which vaccine I have?

  • While many sites do not give you the choice there are many in the larger centres that allow you to choose between the 2 available vaccines in South Africa.


Will I have to pay for my vaccine?

  • No. After much confusion the government has announced that no money will change hands whether you are assigned to a private or public facility. The facility will charge either your medical aid if you have one or the Government. If you are asked to pay for the vaccine, you are encouraged to phone the Covid-19 hotline. “The full cost of vaccination, including administrative fees, will be borne by medical aids for those who are insured, or the state for those who are not insured,” says Department of Health spokesperson Lwazi Manzi.  Medical aids such as Discovery health have launched a “Vaccination Navigator” requiring you to be registered not only on the Goverments EVDS site but also on the Discovery site. This site is available when you login to your Discovery profile.



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  • Jenny McQueen
    May 26, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I have registered with the gov reg process as well as through Discovery. I am hearing that people just drive out (from Green Point) to like Lentegeur and stand in the queue without having received an SMS and they get vaccinated. How is this possible?

    • Angela W
      May 27, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      While there are cases of people being able to do this, the Government has indicated that it was part of the “teething” process with the EVDS system. They are encouraging us not do do walk-ins and be patient as they work at getting the nearly 5 million S.A over-60’s vaccinated

  • Hester Du Plessis.
    May 26, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Can one get the flu- and Corona injections one the same time? I’,m 65

  • Delia Cassim
    May 26, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    I can’t wait for my sms to informing me where and when I’m getting my vaccine injection…I have already registered…
    Kind regards
    Delia Cassim

    • Angela W
      May 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      There are many who are in the same position as you. The government askes us all to be patient as they work to vaccinate the nearly 5 million South Africans who are over 60

  • Gillian Hattingh
    June 16, 2021 at 8:55 am

    If a 69 year old has a history of anaphylactic reaction due to a food, is it safe for him to have the vaccine ?

    • Angela W
      June 17, 2021 at 11:41 am

      We are unfortunately not Medical professionals so cannot comment on this. We would suggest you contact your Doctor or local clinic in this regard. YEI team

  • Eric Jacobs
    June 17, 2021 at 7:49 am

    If you had Covid in ” light” manner and recovered how long should you wait before getting vaccinated .?

    • Angela W
      June 17, 2021 at 11:40 am

      We are unfortunately not Medical professionals so cannot comment on this. We would suggest you contact your Doctor or local clinic in this regard. YEI team

  • Concerned child
    July 4, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Hi I have registered my mum who is 65 over a month ago and to date she hasn’t received any sms or response… How long should she be waiting while everyone else seems to be getting the vaccine… SHE does not have a medical aid… And we hoping she could go the nearest being Discovery place.. The reason is that we are a scared as we have little baby at home who is lucky to be alive, he has a condition and his immune system is very weak.. Everyone else at home have health complications.. So we are scared to be standing in a queue of people at a site that isn’t taking precautions seriously..
    Please help urgently.. She is also a heart patient…

    • Marilynh
      July 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Hello Vanz
      We share your concern. Did you get an SMS back acknowledging registration of your mother? You can take her, or she can go on her own, to any vaccination site that takes walk-ins. Last we heard, there were over 90 000 over-60s who had registered but had not been sent an SMS with a date, time and venue. You are welcome to either send us a message, telling us your “area” and we will put out a message on the YEI Facebook page to find the nearest walk in centres to where you live, OR you can google this i.e. “Vacccination centres close to xx” (and then call them to see if they take walk-ins, OR put a message up on your community FB page or WhatsApp Group, asking this very question. I agree with you – your mom needs to have the vaccination as a matter of urgency.
      Regards, YEI

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