On Monday Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the launch of the vaccination registration programme as the country gears up for phase two of the vaccination rollout for people over the age of 60 and those living with comorbidities.
This is South Africa’s first of its kind health system that will bring together both private and state healthcare consumers, except that private health members will make contributions through their medical aids.
Mkhize said this was only the beginning of moving towards universal health coverage and a “significant milestone for South African citizens”.
While answering your questions, The Citizen gives you an A-Z guide on how to register and get vaccinated.
According to Mkhize, the government will not force anyone to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
This was assured by Mkhize in Parliament earlier this year during a briefing with the portfolio committee on health.
As much as it is the government’s wish that every citizen gets the jab, Mkhize told the committee those who wished to give the vaccine a pass was well within their rights to do so as was the case with other vaccines.
The committee members wanted clarity on whether citizens who objected to taking the vaccines on religious or moral grounds would be allowed to opt-out.
How do I register to get vaccinated?
The registration process is completed online for those who have the access to the internet, smartphones, computers or tablets. The site can be accessed here.
Make sure that you have your ID, medical aid card and ensure you enter your correct cellphone number and residential address. Follow these steps.
Go to vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
The welcome screen will guide you
It is important to follow the instructions and enter all the details the system asks for
When you are finished the system will send you an SMS to confirm you are registered. This means the system now has your details in a queue to be scheduled for your vaccine
When it is your turn to be vaccinated the system will send you another SMS with a date and venue. You will be sent to the vaccination centre closest to your home. Some of you may be directed to your place of work
If you have problems contact the Covid-19 hotline on 0800 029 999. A dedicated call centre for the Electronic Vaccination Data System is being finalised and the number will be announced on the EVDS portal when you register.
What happens if I do not have a smart gadget or internet?
“If you are unable to register by these methods, you may simply go to the nearest vaccination centre and we will register you on the spot. If you are 60 years or above we will also vaccinate you at the same time,” Mkhize said.
He said that this was done to prioritise those who are most at risk of getting sick or dying of Covid-19.
Those who are technologically savvy are urged to assist senior citizens to register.
Mkhize added that the department would use smartphones and petrol donated by various companies and organisations to send teams out to help vulnerable citizens who do not have access to digital technology.
“This includes the elderly, the homeless and those who live in deep rural areas that are difficult to reach.”
“We will ensure these team members are easy to identify and that you can verify that they are indeed accredited outreach team members. They will be trained to educate and raise awareness about vaccinations in the community.”
He said that the government would soon announce a WhatsApp service to assist in the process.
How protected is my personal information?
The department uses the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
This is used to collect only personal information (names and Identity Number) as contained in your identity document.
This is done to verify and confirm your eligibility as a Covid-19 vaccine beneficiary according to the priority phases defined in the Covid-19 National Vaccination Plan
The medical aid details, residential address, email address, phone numbers (including mobile numbers in order to send messages and appointment messages for the second dose of the vaccine)
Employment details, professional category and registration as part of the priority group eligibility verification
patient information in relation to your health status, including underlying conditions you may have in line with the vaccination protocols.
The department monitors compliance with these legal requirements. For the purpose of developing data collection tools and user applications for EVDS, the Department of Health has engaged Mezzanine Ware and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Can I stop general C0vid-19 protection measures once I have the vaccine?
The simple answer is NO. You should continue to use general Covid-19 protection measures such as wearing a mask and practising social distancing after being vaccinated.
Even though you will be protected from getting severely ill and dying, studies have not yet shown enough data to prove that vaccinated people cannot spread the virus to others. Thus it remains possible that a vaccinated person could spread the virus to others, even if they do not show any symptoms.
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Skeem Saam Actor Dumps The Show For Politics
MPHOZA Mashabela is going into politics.
The former Skeem Saam actor and Limpopo Artist Movement chairman is running to become a councillor in Mokopane.
He told Daily Sun if he was elected, he’d focus on service delivery and issues affecting artists. He said he was running as an independent candidate.
“I’m contesting ward 12 in Mahwelereng. I was nominated by friends who felt I could represent this ward as I understood its challenges. I was also motivated by One South Africa Movement leader Mmusi Maimane as he’s been supporting local leaders to contest elections independently,” he said.
Mphoza said he’d focus on the basic needs of the community.
“My community lacks basic services such as healthcare,” he said.
“I shall also be focusing on unemployment. Our youth is unemployed and it’s unfortunate that people from outside the area get first preference.
“I am, therefore, going to ensure our local youth is skilled and educated enough to get jobs locally.”
Mphoza said if he was elected, he’d contribute 50% of his salary to bursaries. “I’ll be doing this from my Mphoza and Friends Foundation. I will also concentrate on fixing the roads.”
Mphoza said he didn’t think his duties as councillor and chairman of the movement would clash.
“The movement is aware I’m contesting this position and I have their full support. I’ll also ensure that our interests as artists are taken seriously.”
Maimane said he was fully behind Mphoza.
“I’ve always said certain groups were underrepresented and we needed people like Mphoza to fight for them. My belief is you can’t lead the arts and culture sector if you’re not an artist.”
Drama as daughter r@ped by her dad for 9 years wants more tlof tlof from him
A 21-year-old woman who was allegedly r_ped by her father over a nine-year period has refused to end their s.e.xual relationship. The woman, who has since fallen pregnant, identified another man as her baby’s father but it was later revealed that her father had impregnated her.
The woman’s refusal to end the affair has caused a rift in the family and a team of social workers has been assigned to investigate the matter with a view to providing counseling to the family and offering ongoing psychosocial support to the woman who has suffered humiliation at the hands of her stepdaughter.
“Our team of social workers will also have sessions with the girl and provide her with psychosocial support,” said KZN MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza.
Furthermore, Khoza has called on police to investigate and charge the father.
“This man should face statutory r_pe since he started to sleep with his daughter while still a minor,” the MEC said.
It is alleged that the girl and her father began a s.e.xual relationship when she was 12.
It is further alleged that the 52-year-old man began raping his daughter when she would come over to visit him.
Khoza said the girl lost her mother and stayed with her sibling, father and stepmother.
She expressed shock at the incident adding that such acts showed that there were those in communities who had lost their moral compass.
Khoza called on communities to stand together and call out those involved in child abuse, r_pe, and gender-based violence.
“If the communities did not keep quiet for so long, such dastardly acts may have been averted earlier. Our communities should understand that ignoring cases of s_xual exploitation perpetuates such actions.
“We want to appeal to the SAPS to conduct a thorough investigation and put forward a strong case for the prosecution against the man. As a society, we need to send a strong message to perpetrators of such crimes that we have zero tolerance for their disgusting behavior,” Khoza said.
WATCH | Strict Teacher Shot Dead By 14-Year-Old Student In Cape Town
An eyewitness who had been preparing to guide children safely into the school grounds, has given a chilling account of how she watched two gunmen flee the scene after killing a school teacher at Heinz Park Primary school this morning.
The teacher, 53, has been identified as a Mr Thulani Manqoyi, a grade six mathematics educator who had been at the school since 2008.
No one has been arrested and the motive for the killing is still unknown but the community leaders are baying for blood, calling for the death penalty and a swift arrest.
Devastated parents, colleagues and Walking Bus members gathered in and outside the school grounds while police combed the crime scene for clues. A shocked security guard rushed to the vehicle in tears and collapsed on the ground.
The Walking Bus member who cannot be identified for security reasons, spoke exclusively to the Weekend Argus, about how she had found the teacher dead inside his car moments after he had been shot.
“We are on patrol, we make sure the children go safely into the gates and fetch those still walking along the road,” she said.
“We were just at our point where we were taking the children in when we heard the gunshots. We then ran and when we came closer to the school grounds, we saw two people fleeing. They looked suspicious but we could not see who they were.
“We asked the security what happened? what shooting was it? Whether it was inside or outside. When we arrived at the car, as we had walked between the cars, we saw the teacher lying there, shot inside his car.
She said he was a strict teacher who cared a lot for his learners.
A teacher has been shot and killed allegedly by a 14 year old boy in Heinz Park Primary Cape Town
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Fadiel Adams of the Cape Coloured Congress who also rushed to the scene said Mr Manqoyi was a good man.
“He came here to teach and today he is dead. An entire school is traumatised. But look at the situation, look at Heinz Park and understand, why a young man from Heinz Park can think so little of life , look at the sewerage here in front of the school.
“There is absolutely nothing here for these kids. The circumstances do not change, nothing else will change and we will lose more people. Today it is a fact, the most sacrificing of professions, teachers and doctors are no longer safe.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut confirmed two suspects had fled the scene: “The circumstances surrounding the death of a 52- year-old man are being investigated after he was shot and killed in the parking area of Heinz Park primary school while sitting in his vehicle this morning at around 7:45am.
“ Two unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.
“Any person with information regarding the murder is kindly requested to contact crime Stop on 08600 10111.”
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