SA’s mass vaccination campaign kicked off on Monday at 87 sites. It will start with the vaccination of those 60 years and older as well as health care workers.
So far over 1.2M seniors and 914 000 health care workers have registered.
How to register:
There are 5 ways to register:
- website: vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
- whatsapp: 0600 123456
- dial 134832#
- call 0800 029 999
- scan the QR code
All services are free; you don’t need airtime or data.
The vaccination process
You will get an SMS with details when your appointment is scheduled.
Take proof of ID and your medical aid card (if applicable) with you.
You cannot choose which vaccine you get. You will be informed at your appointment, and told if a 2nd dose is needed.
After full vaccination, you will get an SMS and a vaccination card.
The Pfizer vaccine
SA has a total of 975 780 Pfizer doses on hand, with more doses arriving weekly.
These vaccines are safe and work well, even against the variant dominant in SA.
Immunity starts to develop after 14 days.
What side effects to expect
Many people have mild side effects after vaccination, including flu-like symptoms and swelling and pain at the injection site. These usually disappear in 1 to 2 days, and can be managed at home.
If you have more serious symptoms such as severe headache, abdominal pain or limb pain, phone the hotline 0800 029 999 or seek medical care.
Continue to be careful
The vaccines protect well against severe diseases and death. However no vaccine works 100%. We still do not know if they prevent the virus from spreading. Continue to follow standard COVID-19 safety precautions.
We don’t know how long the protection from the vaccine will last. Globally scientists are working to understand this better.