Vaccination update for over 35s

The vaccination of people in South Africa is in full swing, with registration now open to anyone over the age of 35. For now, medical scheme members are being directed to privately-managed vaccination sites closest to them.

We understand that it must be especially challenging for members who have now registered on EVDS but have not yet received a token, to make sense of where and when they will be vaccinated. The reality is that information is changing on a daily basis, which makes communicating the relevant information especially tricky. (Please see links to relevant external websites at the bottom of this communication for some of this information, but bear in mind that it may not always be up to date.)

Even though there are news reports of various pharmacies, hospitals and other private facilities administering vaccines, such vaccination sites are registered with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and operate in alignment with EVDS registrations.

The most important thing for medical scheme members to know is that (at this stage) vaccination sites – even the private facilities – are not, in general, accepting walk-ins. They will only vaccinate those people (medical scheme members and others) who have already been allocated a vaccination token and appointment details via SMS by the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) for that specific facility.

What you can do

  • If you have registered on EVDS but have not yet received a vaccination token, please be patient – as the system scales up, more and more people will receive their tokens.
  • If you have already been allocated a vaccination token and vaccination site details, please use the site to which you have been allocated.
  • If you have already been allocated a vaccination token but missed your appointment, the system will generate a second appointment date, venue and time. If you miss this appointment, the system will generate a third invitation. Should you miss your third appointment, the system will close your registration and you will need to contact 0800 029 999 to register again.
  • If you are aged 35 or over and have not yet registered, please do so without delay. Please visit the EVDS webpage, or send ‘Register’ via Whatsapp to 0600 123 456, or register by dialling *134*832* immediately followed by your ID number.

Some available information on vaccination sites