Do you wish to learn how to register online to get your Covid 19 vaccine in South Africa? Covid 19 continues to wreak havoc across the world. South Africa has been playing catchup as far as vaccinating it’s citizens is concerned. Initially, there were many challenges, but these have mostly been ironed out. Those looking to register to get vaccinated have a number of options, including doing so online. So, how do you register to get your Covid 19 jab online in South Africa?
Online Covid 19 Vaccine Registration South Africa
To register for Covid 19 vaccination online in South Africa, you need to go through 8 steps. The following is a step by step guide to getting registered to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the country;
- First, you need to go to the Health Department website to get started. You can do so using your computer, phone or tablet.
- Answer the question, “Are you 18 or older?” If you are under 18, you cannot yet register to be vaccinated in South Africa.
- On the next page, you are asked to choose your method of identification. You can choose to use a South African ID, a Passport or an Asylum seeker or refugee number. These last options are for foreign nationals residing in South Africa.
- You are now required to provide general information, including your name, ID, passport or refugee number, your date of birth and gender.
- Confirm that the information that you have entered is correct.
- Now you are required to enter your phone number and email address. Make sure that these are correct. They will be used to get in touch with you.
- Next, your are required to enter your address. The address helps identify vaccinations sites near you, so it needs to be correct.
- Now you are required to type in when you wish to be vaccinated. Do you wish to have it happen on weekdays or over the weekend. Do you wish to be vaccinated in the morning or in the afternoon?
- From there, you are required to provide information on whether or not you belong to a Medical Aid.
- The next step involves confirming your registration details. This information will appear on your vaccination card, so it needs to be accurate. If there is something that needs to be changed, you can click on the Go back button to make your corrections.
- Next, confirm that the information provided is accurate and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Now click on Submit registration.
- You will receive information that your registration has been successful. You can see the message in the screenshot below.
- Within 24 hours, you will receive an SMS confirming your registration.
- Near the time of vaccination, you will get another message telling you the date, time and place where you will be vaccinated.
Other Vaccination Registration Options in South Africa
In the first part of this article, we showed you how to register for a Covid 19 vaccine online in South Africa. As you can see, the process is really simple. Anyone can do it. You can do it from a computer or from a phone or tablet. And you should be done in a few minutes.
The important thing is to input the correct details. If you enter the wrong phone number, you will be wasting everybody’s time because nobody is going to be able to notify you that you need to go to such and such a place to get your jab. If you enter the wrong name and ID, you may not be able to get vaccinated because these details need to be correct.
Anyway, there are other options to getting registered for the Covid 19 jab in South Africa. You can do it via USSD on your phone. All that you need to do is to dial *134*832#. Follow the prompts that appear on your phone to complete the registration process.
One can also get registered on the WhatsApp number 0600 123 56. Finally, you can call the COVID-19 Call Centre on 0800 029 999 to get registered. So, registration shouldn’t be a problem. You should be able to find a method that suits you.
Why register online for Covid 19 vaccination in South Africa?
Covid 19 thrives on crowds. So, it’s only logical that people are required to register for the Covid 19 vaccine online or over the phone.
It reduces the need for people to queue up to get registered, and then to get their jabs. That would only serve to spread the virus, which would defeat the vaccination process.
Who can register online?
We have already covered part of this issue. People below the age of 18 cannot register for the Covid 19 jab. In fact, they are not yet being vaccinated. It is to be hoped that they will get vaccinated soon, as vaccines become more readily available.
At the moment, vaccines are in short supply, not only in South Africa, but around the world. The fact that young people are better able to withstand Covid 19 means they are not really a priority for registration and vaccination at the moment. So, if you fall into this bracket, you will have to wait.
The registration process is open to people between 18 and 49. They are the only ones who are allowed to register for the Covid 19 vaccine in South Africa. But what about those who are older than 49? Does that mean they are not going to be vaccinated?
Fortunately, that is not the case. In fact, anyone 50 years and above does not need to register to get vaccinated. They can simply walk into the nearest vaccination site and they will receive their jab. The reason for this is that these people are the ones who are most vulnerable to the disease. So, they are given first preference over everyone else.
In this article, we showed you how to register for the Covid 19 vaccine online in South Africa. We noted that the entire process has 8 steps. It’s an easy process and you should be done in no time.
So, there is nothing to worry about. Once done, you will get an SMS telling you that you have successfully registered. Near the date of vaccination, you will be informed of the date and time for your vaccination.