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Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that online registrations for phase 2 of South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout would officially open at 4 pm, 16 April 2021. This means South Africans aged 60 years and above can register for the vaccination.
With the Electronic Vaccination Data System open for the general public, focusing on the elderly during this phase, Mkhize explains, “You must have your ID and medical aid card (if you have one) ready before you register. When you register, it is very important that you put in the correct cell phone number, the address where you live, and the correct medical aid number (if you have one).”
He points out it is essential to remember registration does not guarantee you will be vaccinated immediately. He clarifies by saying, “We will use the information you provide when you register to communicate with you about the vaccination program when necessary. The data from the system assists us to allocate the vaccines to the vaccine service points, ensuring that enough vaccines are available on a particular vaccination day.” The details of the vaccinations will be captured digitally, creating an electronic health record. In cases where an individual’s mobile number is provided, the person will receive an SMS confirming they have been vaccinated. The person will also be provided with a Vaccination card.
To register on the website:
- Ensure you have internet access.
- You will need a smartphone, a tablet or a computer.
- Connect to the internet and go to vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za. The welcome screen will guide you through the steps, and this is what the demonstration team will show us shortly.
- It is important to follow the instructions and put in all the details the system asks for.
When you are finished following the instructions, the system will send an SMS to your provided phone number. “This SMS will confirm that you are registered. This means that the system now has your details in a queue to be scheduled for your vaccine,” says Mkhize
When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the system will send you another SMS with a date and the place where you will be vaccinated. If you put in the correct address, you will be sent to the vaccination centre closest to your home. Some of you may be directed to your place of work.
If you have problems, you may contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 0800 029 999. According to the Health Minister, a dedicated call centre for the EVDS is being finalised, and the number will be announced and displayed on the EVDS portal when you register.
The details people provide will also be used to communicate essential information on the vaccination program, when necessary, throughout the process.
At the vaccination service point, individuals’ vaccination details will be recorded digitally, and individuals will be provided with a proof of vaccination card. They will receive a confirmation SMS.
Mkhize emphasises, “I want to reassure South Africans that we do have a plan to ensure that everyone is registered and we want as many people as possible to be registered before going to be vaccinated: this will save a lot of time and will also help us to allocate vaccinations to respective areas appropriately.”
The Department of Health will announce when South Africans in other age groups can register. With the vaccination process finally gaining momentum, what are your thoughts?
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