South Africans can now register to get vaccinated using WhatsApp and a USSD code

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The Department of Health announced it has launched a Covid-19 vaccine registration portal available that will operate through WhatsApp and USSD communications protocols. 

Eligible citizens are now able to sign up for Covid-19 vaccination as part of the country’s official phase 2 and phase 3 vaccination programmes.

Phase 2 of the programme, which is set to begin next week Monday (17 May), will focus on people over the age of 60 as well as healthcare workers which have not been vaccinated through the Sisonke protocol.

The self-registration service can be accessed and activated by following these simple steps:

  • WhatsApp – You can now register on the Covid Whatsapp number by sending ‘Register’ to 0600 123 456.
  • USSD – You can also register by SMS by dialling *134*832*your ID number.
  • No ID number – South Africans who don’t have an ID number can also dial *134*832# for assistance.

The Department of Health said that all South Africans younger than 60 years will be sent a message notifying them when they do qualify for a vaccine appointment date. 

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The process is similar to the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) Self Registration Portal which – a registration website also developed by the government.

After supplying ID and medical aid details, users will be asked to read and accept the EVDS privacy policy. They will then be required to input their data and register for a booking.

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