Update on how to register and receive the COVID-19 vaccine 2021

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To date, over 16 million South Africans and counting have been vaccinated against COVID-19. With people lining up to safeguard themselves and those around them, many are hesitant as they do not know the process involved. 

Therefore, for those who have not yet received their vaccine, here is how to register.

Firstly, you will have to go to the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) Self Registration Portal. Click here to visit the EVDS.

Who can register for the vaccine in South Africa via the EVDS (The Electronic Vaccination Data System Self Registration Portal.)

  • All Healthcare Workers (public & private) who intend to be vaccinated in Phase I
  • Citizens aged 60 years and older.
  • Citizens aged 50 years and older
  • Persons aged between 35 and 50 years
  • Persons aged between 18 and 35 years

If you fall between one of these categories, you can enroll on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) by clicking the link http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/

What to expect when I arrive at the EVDS website

When registering, you will be asked for your information.

Information submitted during registration will be used to:

  • Identify eligible vaccination beneficiaries
  • Plan supply of vaccines and ancillary items
  • Allocate beneficiaries to their nearest available service point
  • Communicate with enrolled individuals about the vaccination program, including but not limited to: A) Eligibility, B) where they will be vaccinated, C) follow-up vaccination appointments.

What do I need to register for the COVID-19 vaccine?

  1. Access to the internet on any device (cellphone, laptop, tablet, desktop etc.)
  2. Your ID number or Passport (non-RSA), general contact information (your cellphone number will be used as the primary mode of communication).
  3. Information about your employment (primary employer and location of work)
  4. Where relevant, your professional registration details and medical aid are also requested.

How long is the vaccine registration process? 

With all information on hand, registration should take approximately 2-3 minutes (Three steps).

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the EVDS?

  1. Go to the official South African COVID-19 Vaccination Programme registration portal.

    Click on http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/ and confirm your age.

  2. Enter your method of identification.

    Select the necessary method of identification that is relevant to you. You can use your South African ID, your passport, or your Asylum/Refugee number.

  3. Enter your general information.

    Enter your basic information such as your name, surname etc. It is essential to fill out all the boxes with the relevant information.

  4. Enter your contact details.

    Ensure your cellphone number is correct, as the Health Department will use it to communicate with you during the vaccine process.

  5. Enter your address

    Enter your address correctly, as this will assist the Department of Health to allocate you to a vaccination centre nearest to you.

  6. Appointment Preference

    The Department is taking steps to accommodate South Africans, but the appointments are subject to availability.

  7. Medical Aid

    Provide your medical aid details. It is important to note; your medical aid will pay the Government directly for the vaccine. This will not influence your day-to-day savings or any other benefit. Also, you will not be required to pay for the vaccine, and there will be no co-payment or levy.

  8. Terms and Conditions

    This step sees you confirm your information for registration.

  9. Registration has been successful

    This step will be followed by you receiving an SMS confirming your registration. Closer to the time of your registration, you will receive another SMS with the date, time, and place for your vaccination.

Where do I go for my Jab?

You can either go to a public hospital, Clicks, Dischem or Mediclinic. 

It is worth noting that no matter where you go, you will never be charged for the vaccine. 

Where is it convenient and quick to get the vaccine once registered? 

Apart from Clicks and Dischem, Mediclinic South Africa has created a simple process where you can book your free appointment to receive the vaccine. The best part is that you can choose the time and date, avoiding long queues and crowds.

Click here to use this Mediclinic Service.

What side effects can I expect from the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Please note: COVID-19 vaccine side effects are mostly mild to moderate and only last for a short period. 

Here are the potential mild side effects:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • diarrhoea
  • pain at the injection site

These mild side effects are far more manageable than the virus itself, a ventilator of death. Therefore, do not let the above deter you from protecting yourself and your loved ones.

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