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COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of this FAQ?

Discovery Health publishes this series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide easily accessible feedback around common queries relating to:

  1. COVID-19 vaccines
  2. Discovery Health Medical Scheme benefits and cover relating to COVID-19 vaccines.

Who compiles this FAQ?

The FAQ has been compiled by Discovery Health's internal clinical and regulatory policy experts.

What are the primary platforms through which Discovery offers COVID-19 related information?

In addition to the content provided within this FAQ, Discovery aims to broaden understanding of the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines through its dedicated COVID-19 hub. This platform provides articles, videos and podcasts related to vaccines and more - and which are freely available to any internet user.

This FAQ and the content provided on Discovery's dedicated COVID-19 hub are by no means exhaustive in nature. While we aim to be as thorough as possible, we encourage readers to also visit additional credible academic, scientific and news media for supplementary information and insights related to COVID-19 and vaccines.

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Immunocompromised Individuals

Additional (booster) vaccine doses

Resources we recommend for additional information

South African organisations International organisations
  • National Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 portal: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases' (part of the National Health Laboratory Service) dedicated COVID-19 hub
  • South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPRHA - part of the National Department of Health).
  • South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
  • South African Medical Journal (SAMJ)
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