102-year-old Sophy Floyd and her son Ernest (who is 81) have registered for their COVID-19 vaccine


Ernest Floyd and his mother Sophy live together in a quiet Cape Town suburb. As Sophy's oldest son, Ernest handles his mom's affairs. He makes sure to keep up with the latest digital trends and this has been key to registering them both to have their COVID 19 vaccine in the near future.

Ernest has successfully registered himself and his mom on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal which means they are automatically registered on the national Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). This is compulsory for anyone wanting a COVID-19 vaccine.

- The Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal is open to all Discovery clients as well as members of medical schemes administered by Discovery Health.

"I found the registration extremely simple," says Ernest. "My mom is a dependant on my medical scheme profile, and the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal gave me easy access to the steps to complete the registration."

"We believe that vaccines are protective"

"We both believe that having our COVID-19 vaccines is absolutely necessary; not only due to our age but also to contribute to ending the pandemic that has gripped the world for far too long. We cannot wait to be vaccinated. We are at high-risk of severe COVID-19 illness by virtue of our age and one or two chronic illnesses we carefully manage."

"Vaccines are protective, and for people in our situation having them is imperative - absolutely necessary. I feel very upset about all the misinformation out there and the doubt it casts on the efficacy of the vaccines and their safety. I take care to explain it all to my mom as it does worry her to hear of possible vaccine side effects. We believe they are safe and that adverse side effects are extremely rare."

"For us, the news of this pandemic has been frightening. Knowing how contagious COVID-19 is and seeing news on television of people being turned away from overburdened hospitals across the world and oxygen supplies running out, has made it quite obvious that immediate vaccination is required globally and at the greatest speed possible. The number of people dying each day from the COVID-19 virus is horrifying - as is the careless attitude of people not following the protocols set out to curb the spread of infection."

"We're both very much looking forward to finding out when we are scheduled to have our COVID-19 vaccine"

"For the past year, we have been stuck at home. We never went out very much, but we loved a chance to pop out to the shops or to Green Point Urban Park where we could sit and eat our lunch together or meet friends. During the pandemic, we sold our car as we really weren't using it. Groceries are delivered to us. Uber and a kind neighbour assist us when we need to go out - say for our annual flu vaccines, which we recently had."

"We're both very much looking forward to finding out when we are scheduled to have our COVID-19 vaccine."

"Due to our advanced age, we have been unable to celebrate birthdays and other family gatherings with our loved ones since the pandemic started. It is also very difficult to maintain ourselves and our home without the necessary help. The sooner we can have our COVID-19 jabs, the easier life should become."

"We strongly advise younger people out there who are fortunate enough to have their older parents, relatives or loved ones with them to help them to register as soon as possible - so that they do not miss the chance to access their vaccines now that we are heading into phase 2 of the national rollout. I urge those who have older loved ones to also do all they can to help them on the day of their vaccination and to ensure it's an easy process for them."

Here's how you can register for your COVID-19 vaccination and access the national and Discovery portals

If you're a Discovery client, all you need to do to ensure that you can get your COVID-19 vaccine is to register on Discovery's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. By registering on Discovery's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal you will automatically be registered on the national Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to make the process easier for you.

Once you're registered we will support you with all the information you need at every step of your vaccination journey.

Discovery clients will get a personalised invitation to register on this portal for added benefits tailored to their COVID-19 vaccination journey. This includes a host of support, such as:

  • A view of where you fit into the national prioritisation framework.
  • Access to information on what to expect when being vaccinated and how to prepare for this.
  • Information on accredited vaccination sites nationwide. In other words, where vaccinations will be given (including pharmacies, GP practices, hospitals and dedicated vaccination sites). This will also include information about the location of Discovery's dedicated vaccination sites.
  • A chance to take part in Discovery's survey and share symptoms after you have had the vaccine. Symptoms may be mild, moderate or serious. You will then be guided towards help or to your healthcare provider, as needed.

Find out all you need to know about registering on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal today.

Who will pay for your COVID-19 vaccination?

If you are a member of a medical scheme
The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has stated that payment for the COVID-19 vaccine is a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB). This means that all medical schemes must, by law, pay for the COVID-19 vaccine as a PMB for every member of the scheme, in line with South Africa's vaccine prioritisation guidelines.

The cost of a COVID-19 vaccination will be covered in full for all the members of the medical schemes administered by Discovery Health. Members of other medical schemes will be covered through their scheme's risk funds.

If you are not a member of a medical scheme
People who are not members of a medical scheme will receive the vaccine through government-funded structures.

If you are a Discovery client or a member of a medical scheme Discovery Health administers, remember to

  • Look out for your invitation to register on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. We will send these over the next few weeks in line with the national phased vaccination approach.
  • Visit the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or access our WhatsApp service to get instant answers to any questions you may have.
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