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You can now use WhatsApp to register for Covid-19 vaccine – Here’s how

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South Africans over the age of 60 and healthcare workers can now register for a Covid-19 vaccine through WhatsApp or a USSD code at no cost.

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SOUTH Africans over the age of 60 and healthcare workers can now register for a Covid-19 vaccine through WhatsApp or a USSD code at no cost.

As the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is expected to kick off next Monday (17 May), the service is only open for people over the age of 60 as well as healthcare workers which have not been vaccinated through the Sisonke protocol.

How to access the services:

  • – You can now register on the Covid Whatsapp number by sending ‘Register’ to 0600 123 456.
  • – You can also register by SMS by dialling *134*832*your ID number.
  • – South Africans who don’t have an ID number can also dial *134*832# for assistance.

The process is similar to the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) Self Registration Portal which was set up as a website by the government.

After providing your ID and medical aid number, users will be asked to read the EVDS privacy policy and accept it. They will then be required to input their personal identification data and register for a booking.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said officials were ready to give the registered elderly their jabs and the second phase of the vaccine rollout program will go ahead as planned.