The National Department of Health (NDoH) has established a registration portal called the EVDS, where all eligible members of the public can register for the vaccine: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/. At later stages, individuals will be categorised according to their risk (e.g. age & chronic diseases). When you are eligible, you will be directed to the nearest, most appropriate vaccine centre with details of time and date for vaccination. This vaccine code is an important element, so please take this along with you to the relevant vaccination centre.
Other channels of registration include:
- Send a WhatsApp saying “REGISTER” to 0600 123 456
- SMS *134*832* followed by your ID number
- If you do not have an ID number just dial *134*832#
If you have a problem registering or if you have any questions, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 0800 029 999 or the COVID-19 WHATSAPP NUMBER: 0600 12 3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you need to bring along to the vaccination station?
In order to be vaccinated, you will need to bring the following:
- Proof of identity (e.g. ID/driver's license/passport)
- Medical aid card
- Vaccine code (SMS received from the Department of Health)
Once you arrive at a vaccination centre, you can expect the following steps:
STEP 1: COVID-19 screening
STEP 2: Eligibility and demographic details check
STEP 3: Medical screening
STEP 4: Vaccination
STEP 5: Observation
Please note the average total time for the vaccination process is about one hour, however it may be longer during busy periods an specifically if you do not have an appointment..
Mediclinic access control
In order to access Mediclinic's facilities, you will need to complete the access control process. SMS or WhatsApp ‘Hi’ to +27 87 240 6497 to initiate the process. Or type this link in your phone’s browser and message ‘Hi’ to start: https://wa.me/27872406497
COVID-19 vaccines: warnings and possible contra-indications
Please talk to your vaccinator before vaccination if:
- You have ever had a severe allergic reaction after injection of any vaccine; or
- You have ever fainted following any injection
- WHY? We’ll want to observe you closely after vaccination. Allergy to eggs is not a problem as this vaccine does not contain egg proteins
- You currently have a high temperature (over 38°C). However, you can have your vaccination if you have a mild fever or upper airway infection, like a cold
- WHY? You should wait until you are not acutely sick before vaccination
- You have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or if you are taking any blood thinners (to prevent blood clots)
- WHY? As with other intramuscular injections, the vaccine should be given with caution in individuals receiving blood thinners or those with low levels of blood platelets or any clotting disorder (such as haemophilia) because bleeding or bruising may occur at the injection site
- You have immunodeficiency or you are taking medication that weakens the immune system (e.g. high dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or cancer medication)
- WHY? The efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine has not been assessed in immunocompromised individuals, including those receiving immunosuppressant therapy. The efficacy of vaccine may be lower in immunosuppressed individuals, so you will still need to take care to always adhere to standard safety precautions, like mask wearing and hand hygiene
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- WHY? Although data is still limited, non-live vaccines (e.g. Covid vaccine) pose no risk to breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Experts advise that pregnant women should be vaccinated due to high risk of complications if infected with COVID-19. Yet, vaccination is a personal choice.
- If you have received a vaccine (e.g. flu vaccine) in the previous 2 weeks
- WHY? You should not have vaccinations within 2 weeks of each other
- If you had COVID-19 in the past 30 days
- WHY? Although experts recommend getting the vaccine even if you’ve had COVID-19, they also suggest waiting about 30 days after your diagnosis and having recovered from COVID-19 before you’re vaccinated or receive your 2nd dosage of vaccine.