The government took to Twitter to confirm that it has begun with phase two of the vaccination rollout programme, as it announced the opening of online registrations.
The South African Government took to Twitter on Friday, 16 April 2021, to announce that the Vaccination Electronic Data System (EVDS) has begun to accept phase two registrations. Phase two of the Sisonke rollout programme is focused on the the elderly. Therefore, the registration pool has been stipulated as persons of 60 years of age and older.
Initially, the earmarked date for the start of phase two was Monday, 17 May 2021. By the aforementioned date, the National Department of Health should have already vaccinated approximately 1.5 million frontline healthcare workers. However, currently, just over 289 000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated.
Currently, there is an indefinite halt on the vaccination plan. This is in light of the findings that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has, in rare cases, attributed to severe blood clots. Due to this fact, it is unclear when the rollout will commence again.
See the post below.
People who are 60 years and older are now able register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) April 16, 2021