How to choose the date and place of your vaccine appointment
The Department of Health announced that as of 2 September 2021, people will be able to book their own vaccination appointments on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) system.
How to book your vaccination appointment
This includes being able to select your own appointment date, time, and venue reports My Broadband. Previously these were all assigned by the department based on its criteria. Currently, South Africans over the age of 18 can register for the COVID-19 vaccination, provided that they haven’t contracted the virus recently or have recovered from the infection and meet the criteria to leave isolation.
After you have registered for the vaccination, you will be able to book your vaccination appointment, which requires:
- Your identification number (ID, Non-RSA Passport, or Asylum Seeker/Refugee Number).
- Access to the cellphone number you used to register (for OTP verification).
- Your preferred vaccination site.
You will then be able to select a time slot at your preferred vaccination centre.
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South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla recently said that South Africa is focused on getting 70% of the adult population vaccinated, which means 30 million more jabs need to be administered before looking into vaccinating children.
As of 1 September, 12 841 537 vaccines were administered in South Africa while 9 544 new cases were identified with 235 new deaths in the country.
As of recently, the provincial Health Minister of the Western Cape, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, who was a clinician for a long time before she became a politician, encouraged anti-vaxxers to ‘take a dead body tour’ at one of the city’s facilities.
“I have never seen a disease that has so many people becoming not only opinionated, but also believing that they’re experts,” Mbombo said.
She said she “shares the frustration of healthcare workers who’re the ones being affected by vaccine hesitancy not just around the province, but the country as a whole”.
Comparing the current crisis with previous epidemics such as HIV, she said back then people “valued information they got from medical and healthcare experts”.
Kim Chipendu is a columnist for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.