The South African government has introduced an online vaccine registration platform named the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) to enable the easy registration of citizens in phases.
The first batch of vaccines arrived in the country on 1 February and President Cyril Ramaphosa made an official announcement to the public through a televised address to the nation.
The EVDS platform, which was recently announced by the Department of Health, allows South Africans who qualify for phase 1 of the national vaccine rollout plan to register online for a COVID-19 vaccine using either their ID number or passport.
Users will have to register on the EVDS platform in order to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination.
According to Milani Wolmarans, Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Health, the EVDS will be available on mobile devices and desktops. He also stated that the platform is linked to supply chain management to ensure that there are enough doses to vaccinate.
Medical healthcare workers will be the first to be allowed to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. The platform will require users to enter their occupation, employer, whether they are patient-facing, and medical aid information before proceeding onto the next steps.
In a live television address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the vaccine registration will be opened up to broader population groups once the national vaccine rollout plan has progressed.
Currently, the national plan for COVID-19 vaccination comprises the following priority phases:
- Phase 1: Frontline and healthcare workers.
- Phase 2: Essential workers, institutionalised persons, and the elderly.
- Phase 3: The remaining adult population.
South Africans who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during phase 1 can register on the EVDS self-registration portal.