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Update on the vaccination of over 60s in South Africa

Posted By Angela W / May 24, 2021 / 6 Comments

South Africa began Phase 2 of its Covid-19 vaccination program
on 17 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




As of 18 May 2021, 1.2 million over 60’s had registered for the vaccination.  However, there are a further 3.8 million seniors in south Africa who qualify, but who are not currently registered.

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

Updated 31 May 2021

South African over 60’s are being urged to be patient as the country brings more vaccination sites online and receives more of its ordered doses on a weekly basis. The country has vaccinated nearly
1 million South Africans so far.


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

  • No you cannot. While there have been some cases of Pensioners being able to do this due to teething problems with the EVDS appointment system the government is encouraging Pensioners not to do this as it may cause backlogs for those with an appointment and result in delays and possibly even vaccine stocks for the day running out. “Health officials stressed the importance of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in an efficient and safe environment and avoiding long queues and crowds.” Deputy director-general, Dr Nicholas Crisp has stated that Pensioners must be patient and that the system is working and registered pensioners will receive their vaccines as soon as possible. “We know about you, you are on the register and when there’s a site that is near where you live, you will be invited to come for a vaccination. The only people who are registering currently are people over the age of 60, there’s no particular way in which we discriminate. So we would appeal to people to be patient,” Crisp told SAfm.

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?

  • South Africa is taking a slow cautious approach ensuring that all systems are working before it is ramped up to full scale.  Only 4300 pensioners were invited on the first day.  It is anticipated that this will ramp up to the target of over 100 000 doses per day by the end of June. The government is operating on a First registered, First vaccinated basis so those who registered right in the beginning should be getting their SMS in the the next week or two.

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?

  • No, you cannot. At this stage you will receive what is available at the Vaccination Centre you have been assigned to. You will be told when being vaccinated which one you will be receiving so that you know if a second jab is required

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

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