Health minister Zweli Mkhize recently made the announcement encouraging the elderly who qualify for the second phase of the vaccine rollout to register through the government’s electronic vaccination data system (EVDS). https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/
Here is how the elderly can register for the jab:
The first step of the registration process is to complete an enrolment form which must include the following personal details:
Name and surname
Date of birth
Place of work or residence
“You must have your ID and medical aid card, if you have one, when you register. When you register, it’s very important that you put the correct cellphone number, the address where you live and the correct medical aid number, if you have one,” said Mkhize.
According to EVDS information, the medical aid will pay the government directly for the vaccine.
“This will not influence your day-to-day, savings or an other benefit. You will not be required to pay for this vaccine and no co-payment/levy will be required,” read a note on the site.
Once you are deemed eligible for a vaccine, the department will send out an SMS after 24 hours with all the information needed to proceed.
The SMS will come with a unique vaccination code which must be used to verify your appointment during the next phase.
If you entered your medical aid details, you will have to produce your medical aid card as proof before getting vaccinated.
An exception will also be made at vaccination sites for those who couldn’t access the electronic system, said Mkhize. He said all steps of the vaccination process will be available through walk-in services where people will be helped to register.
“Those unable to self-register can visit walk-in centres and vaccination sites.”
Mkhize said vaccination sites will be a combination of public and private, with some workplaces also set to offer vaccinations.
He said there would be no difference between private and public sector patients.
A national publication reported last month that the government aimed to provide more than 2,000 additional vaccination sites. These included at stadiums, shopping centres, churches and hospitals.
“During the mass vaccination phases, we will need to be targeting about 200,000 [people] per day nationally, with variations across provinces because of the differing concentrations of populations. We will be grouping and defining vaccination sites as small, medium and large,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize added that special arrangements are being made for the elderly who were bedridden and would not be able to visit vaccination sites for their COVID-19 jabs. Mkhize said the government is making final arrangements ahead of the start of its second phase of the vaccine rollout programme that kicks off on Monday.
He added that elderly who have registered on government’s website and who have been allocated a time slot and venue will be able to make their way to sites to get their inoculations. Mkhize said that they were making special arrangements for the elderly who were not mobile.
“We have what call area-based pandemic. It will show us the high concentration of where the elderly people are. When it comes to the blind, if there’s registration announced nearby, they can just present themselves and they don’t have to worry about pre-registration,” said the minister.