How do I get a COVID vaccine in South Africa?Updated: May 11th, 2021
COVID-19 has been tough on South Africa. Not only has it been the hardest-hit country on the continent, it also experienced one of the first coronavirus variants in the world.
South Africa is planning to rollout the vaccines in three phases:
Phase one: Frontline health care workers will be prioritised and are already being vaccinated.
Phase two: People over 60 years old, frontline essential workers, and people over 18 years old with comorbidities will get vaccinated.
Phase three: Then, the remainder of the South African population will be able to register for a vaccine. Officials have committed to prioritising 22.5 million South Africans over the age of 18 in order to vaccinate 67% of the population by March 2022, to achieve herd immunity.
To register for the vaccine, citizens can go to the vaccine registration portal when it is their turn to get the vaccine. Currently (7th May), registration for the vaccine is open to those who fall into phase one and people who are over the age of 60.
Registering for the vaccine is fairly simple – all you need is your ID number and your medical aid card should you have one.
Once on the portal, follow the steps by filling in your personal details, which will include your residential address and cellphone number. If your registration has been successful, you should receive confirmation through SMS.
You’ll then receive a follow up SMS with the date, time, and location for your vaccination.
After registering, people will get an SMS directing them to their nearest vaccine site.