Department of Health
The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Registration Portal has been launched.
In a statement, the health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, declared that the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) is now available to the general public and all citizens aged 60 years and above are invited to register for vaccination.
The minister added that the “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”.
He emphasized that all citizens will “access the vaccines through the same process, by enlisting using this system – there will be no distinction between private and state health care users, with the exception that private health care users will input their medical aid details”.
The minister clarified that the “quality of services will be the same for all of us and the system will assign a vaccination site closest to our homes or where we work- not based on whether a particular site is a public or private facility”.
The data from the system assists the health department to allocate vaccines to the vaccine service points ensuring that enough vaccines are available on a particular vaccination day.
According to the minister, citizens aged 60 years or above that are unable to register on the EVDS system can also go to the nearest vaccination centre where they will be registered on the spot and vaccinated at the same time.
An announcement will be made once the EVDS system is ready to register citizens in other age groups.