The Health Department has officially opened the vaccine registration system to permit people aged 35 and above to register to urge their COVID-19 vaccine from 1 August, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to the department, the national vaccination programme continues despite violent protests and gradually leading to the temporary closure of some sites in violence-struck areas.
The department has encouraged those who are eligible to sign up in their numbers on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
Other methods of vaccine registration, including using the COVID-19 call center on 0800 029 999, WhatsApp 0600 123 56 and by dialling *134*832# to avoid congestion and long waiting queues at vaccination sites.
“People over 50 years old can walk into vaccine sites with or without appointments to vaccinate,” the department said.
The department has, meanwhile, urged all those visiting the vaccination sites, especially senior citizens, to be vigilant of any criminal activities that are intended to derail government’s efforts to interrupt the chain of transmission and save lives through the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine.
“We call upon all law-abiding and patriotic citizens to hitch hands with government and other sectors to safeguard healthcare facilities, self-sacrificing doctors and medical supplies against the criminal activities of those who want to undermine the law of the country.”
The department said it will continuously update the public about the state of the affected healthcare facilities and vaccination sites.
Data source: All Africa news