South Africa is planning on moving quickly into phase 2 of the national COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme. We have been inundated with queries on details of this rollout, which at this stage we still don’t have all the answers to. We can share some of the facts as we know them at this stage.
- The SA government has procured sufficient vaccines for all adult South Africans. They have procured both Pfizer, a 2-dose vaccine regimen, and the Johnson & Johnson option which is a single dose vaccine regimen.
- Vaccines will be administered in phases according to a national prioritisation framework and not on a first-come-first-serve basis. This phased approach ensures that those most at-risk are vaccinated first.
- We are currently in phase 1 which is focused on vaccinating healthcare workers. We are excited that our pharmacy staff have begun today to be vaccinated.
- In phase 2, vaccination efforts will be focused on the elderly and those living with illness and will likely start towards the end of May 2021. People older than 60 years will be vaccinated first, starting with the oldest i.e. those over 80 years of age and then moving to the younger decades followed by those under 60 years of age with underlying medical conditions.
- Phase 3 vaccination efforts will focus on the rest of the population, i.e. those younger than 60 years with no underlying medical conditions and will likely start in October 2021.
- Vaccines will be administered in accredited vaccination sites across the country, including pharmacies, GP practices, hospitals, and dedicated vaccination sites. All Thrive stores are in the process of being registered as vaccination sites and we will advise you as we get more information on our registration progress.
- The cost of your vaccination at an accredited vaccination site, such as our Thrive Stores, will be covered in full if you are a member of a medical aid scheme. If you are not a member of a medical scheme, the cost of your vaccination will be covered by the Government.
- In order to get your vaccine, you need to register on the national EVDS (Electronic Vaccination Data System). This will provide you with a code that you will present in order to receive your scheduled vaccination. Everyone will have the opportunity to get vaccinated but you must ensure you are registered on the data system. Please help your loved ones, especially if they are not digitally enabled, to complete their registration on the EVDS. This is currently open for registrations to people over the age of 60 years old.
Keep an eye on our social media and our newsletter for all the most up to date information on the Covid Vaccine. We are in constant contact with the Department of health and the Independent Community Pharmacy Association to bring you all the latest Vaccine updates.
Sources: Discovery Health; Independent Community Pharmacy Association; SA Department of Health; Bhekisisa