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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Photo: GCIS

Zweli Mkhize launches vaccine registration for people older than 60

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the registration for the vaccine was in preparation for the next phase of the vaccine rollout program, which begins on 17 May

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Photo: GCIS

Vaccine registration for people over the age of 60 is expected to kick off on Friday, April 16, 2021, exactly a month before Phase two of the rollout is scheduled to get underway. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize launched the Electronic Vaccination Data System. The system will go live at 16:00.

May 17 is the date government had set to start with phase two of the rollout, starting with the elderly, essential workers and those with comorbidities. However given recent developments, including the halting of administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccines, many have grown concerned over the country’s rollout.

’’This launch marks a significant milestone not only for our vaccination campaign but for South Africa’s advancement towards Universal Health Coverage. This is the first time in our democratic history that a major public health campaign will be supported by one digital system for all South Africans,’’ Mkhize said at the virtual launch.

’’This is in line with the 9th pillar of the Presidential Health Compact, which commits to strengthening the health system by developing an information system that will guide health policies, strategies and investments.

How will the vaccine registration work?

Explaining how the registration would happen, Zweli Mkhize said those who qualify will be sent a text message notifying them of the time and place that the vaccine will be available. The SMS will come with a unique code that vaccine recipients will be required to show to their vaccinator.

People must visit the portal, they will then have to fill in their particulars.

“You must have your ID and medical aid card (if you have one) ready before you register. And then 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”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Phase 2 will be implemented for a period of six months (between May and October), targeting 13 million South Africans. While Phase 3, which is for citizens over the age of 18, is expected to see the COVID-19 jabs being administered to 22 million citizens between November 2021 and February 2022.