COVID-19 vaccination – latest update July 2021

On 27 June 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced adjusted level 4 lockdown regulations due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases during the third wave of infections. This makes it more important than ever that each of us should continue to practise social distancing protocols, avoid public gatherings, always wear our masks in public and sanitise regularly, as we are all susceptible to this virus. These safety precautions remain essential even when you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccination process is ongoing and we provide more information about the progress of the roll-out below. Remember that COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary and getting vaccinated remains your choice.

All South Africans who choose to be vaccinated, whether they are medical scheme members or not, have to follow the same registration process as prescribed by the National Department of Health (NDoH).

Phase 1

On 15 May 2021, Phase 1 of the vaccination roll-out to healthcare workers was concluded, during which some 500 000 healthcare workers received the vaccine.

Phase 2

This phase started on 17 May and is focusing on some 600 000 healthcare workers who still have to receive the vaccine along with approximately 16,5 million other South Africans, including 60-plussers, vulnerable individuals and people in congregate settings.

The roll-out has since been expanded to include teachers, who will continue to be vaccinated during the school holidays in July.

From 1 July 2021, the registration process is also open for everyone aged 50 years and older.

Members in this age category can register on the NDoH’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) from 1 July and start receiving their vaccinations from 15 July.

Should you wish to be vaccinated, you can click on the link below to register:

Register here to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

The following alternative registration methods are also available:

  • Send the word ”Register” to the WhatsApp line 0600 123456 and follow the prompts;
  • Register via SMS by dialling *134*832#; or
  • Phone the COVID-19 hotline on 0800 029 999.

Once registered, the process will be as follows:

  • You will receive an SMS confirming your successful registration on the system.
  • You will receive a follow-up SMS containing details of your –
    • voucher number;
    • scheduled vaccination day and time; and
    • vaccination site (near your home or work, as indicated by you during registration). Bear in mind that many healthcare workers must still be vaccinated, so it might take a while before you receive your SMS.
  • Please do not go to a vaccination site before you are invited to do so by SMS and have received your voucher number.
  • When you visit the site that is indicated in your SMS, please take your ID document and your Medihelp membership card along, as well as the voucher code as confirmed in your SMS.
  • If your vaccination requires two doses, you will receive a second date for the return visit.
  • The vaccination centre will claim the cost of the vaccination and set administration fee from Medihelp, and you will not be required to pay anything for the vaccination.

At present, the NDoH remains the sole procurer of the COVID-19 vaccines and will distribute vaccines to accredited vaccination sites in the state and private sectors as required. You can see where the public and private sites are situated here.

Should you prefer to be vaccinated at a Dis-Chem facility, click here to book a vaccination slot. You will require your EVDS registration number to book a vaccination slot at a Dis-Chem pharmacy. Dis-Chem will then submit a claim for the vaccine and the administering thereof to Medihelp.

Government has indicated that sufficient vaccines have been secured to vaccinate 41 million South African adults by the end of 2021.

South Africa has procured 21,4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (which requires two doses per person) and 31,2 million of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which is a single dose vaccine).

Medihelp will pay the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine and the administering thereof in full, as it is a prescribed minimum benefit. We’ll be billed by the vaccination centres where members receive their vaccinations.

It is advisable to allow 14 days to pass between receiving your flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccination.

Government will publish an official notice when Phase 3 of the roll-out begins, and Medihelp will send communication to members as soon as the announcement is published. You can follow the latest news regarding registration on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) self-registration portal at https://www.gov.za/covid-19/vaccine/evds.

Vaccines teach your immune system to protect your body from a disease it has never encountered before. If your body then becomes infected with the disease, it will know how to fight it, your risk of developing serious symptoms is reduced and you will recover quicker than without a vaccination.

No. We have to keep adhering to all safety measures such as wearing masks until Government indicates that these measures can be changed.