The South African Cabinet is encouraging everyone in their 50s to register for the COVID-19 vaccination from today on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). They will start receiving their ‘shots’ from 15 July.
People in this age group are urged to register here – https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za – or WhatsApp 0600 123456.
Cabinet has also confirmed in a statement today that police officers will be vaccinated from Monday, 5 July. This will be followed by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) who are due to receive their jab from Thursday, 8 July.
The SA government is intensifying the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan to protect citizens from the devastating effects of the virus, Cabinet said.
As of 30 June, Cabinet said over three million people in South Africa have been vaccinated. This includes healthcare workers, senior citizens, and teachers.
Cabinet has once again emphasised that the Delta variant was more transmissible than previous variants.
“Therefore, this requires vigilance in our day-to-day interactions because many people who are infected with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms.”
During this “dangerous” period, Cabinet is advising people to avoid public places and adhere to non-pharmaceutical health protocols by wearing masks when in public, washing hands frequently with soap and water or using a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitiser and maintaining a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. – SAnews.gov.za