Dr Theo Kretzmar has long looked forward to the day he and his wife would be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccines. They registered on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal - a process they found extremely quick and easy.
Very early in the COVID-19 pandemic, it was shown that age is a risk factor for severe COVID-19 illness," says Theo. "This had a big impact on our lives over the past year, limiting the freedom and independence we are used to. That's partly why we have eagerly anticipated the start of Phase 2 of the country's vaccine rollout, when we would become eligible for our COVID-19 vaccine. I firmly believe that access to these vaccines is the only way to really put COVID-19 to bed."
Theo, now 84, has worked in a corporate environment for the past 30 years and is currently working from home. Before this, he practised as a surgeon. His medical background gives him good insight into the importance of COVID-19 vaccines.
"I would advise everyone in South Africa to register for and receive their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they can," he says. "These vaccines are a very important public-health intervention and the most effective way we will overcome the pandemic both in South Africa and in the world."
Registering on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal
"As Discovery clients, we were thrilled to find out that once we'd done our registration we could also access extra support on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal," says Theo.
Theo urges younger people to do all they can to help their older loved ones register for and receive their vaccination
"Registering on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal was as easy as filing in a few details, then click, click, click and we were done," says Theo. "My wife, who is a few years younger than I am, also found the process very simple."
"That said, I want to really encourage all of the younger, tech-savvy people out there to do all they can to help their older loved ones navigate both websites and register. Find out if they have registered and how you could help them. And stay involved by seeing if they need help getting to their vaccination site on the day they are scheduled to go."
Here's how you can register for your COVID-19 vaccination
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.
Find out all you need to know about registering on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal today.
Where do you fit into the country's national vaccine rollout?
The South African Government has bought sufficient COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all adults in South Africa through the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Vaccines will be administered in phases according to a national prioritisation framework.
- In Phase 1 currently underway, vaccination efforts are focused on healthcare workers.
- Phase 2 concurrently prioritises those over 60 years of age and those living in congregate settings, for example retirement villages and nursing homes.
- Phase 3 vaccination efforts will focus on the rest of the population, and will likely start in November 2021.
How is your COVID-19 vaccination paid for?
If you are a member of a medical scheme
The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has stated that funding for the COVID-19 vaccine is a prescribed minimum benefit (PMB). This means all medical schemes must, by law, fund 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 members of a medical scheme administered by Discovery Health. Members of other medical schemes will be covered through each scheme's risk pool of funds.
- Read our detailed COVID-19 vaccine FAQ for Discovery Health Medical Scheme members for more insights
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.