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The COVID-19 vaccine has finally arrived in South Africa. President Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza officially received the first batch of one million Astrazeneca vaccine doses at OR Tambo Airport from India on Monday afternoon, 1 February 2021.
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the vaccines will be tested at the National Control Laboratory, to ensure their integrity has been maintained during transportation. He highlights that the vaccine will then be distributed across the country to thousands of healthcare workers after testing.
Once the healthcare workers have been vaccinated, the government will move to Phase 2 of the national vaccine strategy. This phase will include essential workers, people over 60 years, people with co-morbidities, and those living in places such as nursing homes and hostels.
Phase 3 of the vaccine programme will then be extended to the rest of the adult population.
To streamline the vaccine registration and rollout process, the Department of Health has developed an Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS). President Ramaphosa claims this system will allow the government to capture all relevant data associated with administering the vaccine.
He expounds, “This system allows a person to make an appointment as soon as they qualify for a vaccination at the vaccine centre closest to them. The system will record vaccinations as they are administered.”
To register for the vaccine in South Africa, you can click on the following link: EVDS Self Registration
The registration process is simple and takes approximately two minutes. Here is how you can register:
- The first page requires you to enter ID number.
- The second step requires you to fill in your details such as name, surname, contact number, and birth date.
- The following page asks for your relevant employment details, your job location, and an indication of medical aid cover, with more information.
- The fourth page requires you to establish where you work and choose a nearby medical facility with the vaccine.
- The final page requires you to agree to the terms and conditions as listed on the site.
Once you have finalised your registration, you will receive a notification via SMS, which explains, you will be contacted via text message on the next steps.
It must be noted, enrolment does not guarantee vaccination, and your information will be shared with the Department of Health. The online system does, however, assist in starting the mega process of riding SA of COVID-19.