Government’s electronic vaccination data system goes live on 16 April

The government has announced that the vaccination booking site will go live for over-60s.

South Africans who want to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and are over the age of 60 will at 4pm on April 16 be able to register through the National Department of Health’s electronic vaccination data system (EVDS).

People who are registered on the system will be vaccinated and those without internet access will be assisted with their registrations.

Those who are unable to self-register can visit walk-in centres and vaccination sites.

Information submitted during registration will be used to:

  • Identify eligible vaccination beneficiaries,
  • Plan supply of vaccines and ancillary items,
  • Allocate beneficiaries to their nearest available service point
  • Communicate with enrolled individuals about the vaccination programme.

The vaccine roll-out for over-60s will begin on 17 May. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said this vaccination phase should take six months and would therefore be wrapped up in October.

Discovery said in a letter sent to its members that the registration process will be communicated and managed by the National Department of Health, but that Discovery members will have to register on both the government’s EVDS system and the Discovery Vaccination Portal.

“You will have access to additional functionality and tailored support through the Discovery Covid-19 Vaccination Portal. Guidance about this portal and how to register with us will be sent to you next week.”

Discovery said registering on both the EVDS and on the Discovery Covid-19 Vaccination Portal, will give members access to a tailored journey provided by Discovery to guide and support them in receiving their Covid-19 vaccination.