Vaccination booking EVDS

Photo by Gallo Images / Luba Lesolle

New EVDS feature: You can now book your own vaccination appointment

With a new season, comes a new EVDS feature. The public will now be able to book their own vaccination appointment date, time and site.

Vaccination booking EVDS

Photo by Gallo Images / Luba Lesolle

There is a new and improved booking service for your vaccination appointment via the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS). The Department of Health, announced on Wednesday 1 September, that as of now, the public can choose when and where to get vaccinated after registering on the system. You can even change your vaccination appointment. 


According to the National Health Department, you can use any device with internet access and visit

You will then be taken to this page where you may proceed with the steps. 

You will need the following to make a vaccination appointment; 

  1. The identification number that you confirmed while registering on EVDS (ID number, non-RSA passport, or an asylum seeker/refugee number); 
  2.  Access to the cellphone number that you registered with (Your cellphone number will be used to send you an OTP SMS); and 
  3. Your preferred location of vaccination. 

Should you run into any issues, you may contact the COVID-19 hotline on 0800-029-999. Their operating hours are Monday – Friday; 7:00 – 20:00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays; 8:00 – 18:00.


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Wednesday that the province has exited its third wave peak. Based on that evidence, he says the province should be downgraded to Level 2 lockdown.  

“The further relaxation of restrictions to enable economic recovery, especially in the hospitality sector, is an urgent next step now that we have exited our third wave peak,” he said. 

While this may be true, he did also indicate that the relaxation of restrictions is not everything. 

“It will not be enough. International experience has made it clear that a rapid vaccination programme with significant reach will enable a full reopening of the economy, especially for international tourism. This is desperately needed in the Western Cape in particular,” he said. 

“That is why my message to you today is that vaccines will not only save lives, but they will also save jobs too. Please go out and get vaccinated as soon as possible so that we prevent hospitalisations and deaths, and so that we can get our economy growing again,” he added.