Mediclinic hospitals play their part in public vaccination phase
Posted on 31 May 2021
Mediclinic is proud to work alongside the Department of Health to vaccinate at-risk communities against COVID-19, starting with those over the age of 60.
South Africa has moved into a public vaccination phase. What does this mean? It means South Africans over the age of 60 can now register to receive their vaccine, free of charge, at a wide range of hospitals and other sites across the country.
Mediclinic is proud to assist government in ensuring a safe, efficient roll-out of vaccines to at-risk communities. As of this week, ten Mediclinic hospitals nationwide are on hand and ready to administer the Pfizer vaccine, and many of them have begun to receive supplies from the National Department of Health.
The priority for the COVID-19 vaccines is to prevent death and serious infection, while also working towards achieving herd immunity and preventing ongoing transmission. People over 60 are being prioritised because they have a much higher risk of death and serious illness should they be infected with COVID-19.
Does this mean anyone can walk in to receive their vaccine at any time? No. The Department of Health has established a registration portal, called the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), for eligible members of the public to register. Once you have registered, you will receive an SMS code guiding you to a vaccination site nearby, along with a date and time.
This strict appointment-based process will provide the best possible patient experience, explains Dr Gerrit de Villiers, Chief Clinical Officer: Mediclinic Southern Africa, by ensuring a manageable client flow and stock availability while reducing the risk of long queues or waiting times.
“It is important to us that individuals presenting for vaccination are not exposed to any additional risk nor turned away due to unavailability of vaccines,” he says. “For this reason we have chosen not to operate as a walk-in centre but rather to use the EVDS appointment base process in our facilities.”
To register, visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/EVDS. You can also register by sending a WhatsApp message saying “REGISTER” to 0600 123 456. Alternatively, you can SMS *134*832* followed by your ID number. If you do not have an ID number, dial *134*832#.
The following Mediclinic hospitals…
- Mediclinic Cape Gate
- Mediclinic Bloemfontein
- Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg
- Mediclinic Geneva
- Mediclinic Vergelegen
- Mediclinic Milnerton
- Mediclinic Panorama
- Mediclinic Morningside
- Mediclinic Medforum
- Mediclinic Gariep
… have begun vaccinating members of the public over 60 against COVID-19, administering the Pfizer vaccine in partnership with the Department of Health. More Mediclinic hospitals will soon administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as supplies become available.
If you have registered on the EVDS and have been directed to a Mediclinic hospital to receive your vaccine, remember to bring your proof of identity, vaccine code received via SMS and medical aid card (if you are a member).
A healthcare worker will perform a medical screening to assess your health and risks, and administer the vaccine. You will need to wait for at least 15 minutes before leaving to ensure there are no unexpected reactions. Vaccines can cause mild, temporary symptoms – such as fever, fatigue and headache – as the immune system reacts to the vaccine.
While moving into the second phase of the Department of Health’s vaccine roll-out programme is a positive and exciting step in the fight against COVID-19, remember: preventative measures are more important than ever to slow the spread of COVID-19, says Dr De Villiers.
“Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser,” he says. “Avoid crowded and closed spaces. When in public, wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. These are important and potentially life-saving steps that must not be forgotten.”