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:
- EVDS system, login to COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (health.gov.za) and complete the online form
- WhatsApp – You can now register on the Covid Whatsapp number by sending ‘Register’ to 0600 123 456
- USSD – You can also register by SMS – send your ID number to *134*832*
- 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?
- The South African Department of Health has an up to date list of active Vaccination Sites on their website, it can be found at https://sacoronavirus.co.za/active-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.
Sources and media information:
- Don’t show up at vaccination site without an appointment, says Health Dept (msn.com)
- A very slow start: What we know about Phase 2 of SA’s vaccine rollout, starting today (businessinsider.co.za)
- Phase 2 of SA’s COVID vaccine roll-out starts today: Here’s how it works – Bhekisisa
- Medical Aid, Bank, Insurance, Invest & Vitality – Discovery
- It’s going to change our country – BizCommunity
- Elderly scramble to get to vaccination points after receiving late night SMSs – IOL
- How long will you wait for a Covid-19 vaccination appointment – News24
- COVID vaccine jabs for citizens between 50 & 59 to start next week – Makhura (msn.com)