Malcom helps dear friend to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

 

Malcolm and his wife, have known Helen Groves for over 50 years and share mutual friends. "Helen will be turning 102 next month and although she is not as physically strong as she used to be, her intellect remains sharp," says Malcolm.

Helen was known as "the Surf lady"

"Helen used to work for Unilever many years back. At the time, her photograph appeared on the back of the Surf Washing Powder box and she was affectionately known as 'the Surf lady'," adds Malcolm.

"She has no relatives in South Africa. I handle her financial affairs with her niece who lives in the United Kingdom. My wife and I have always regarded her as a dear friend, and we visit her often at the Caister Lodge Retirement home in Durban where she lives. She will be turning 102 next month and although she is not as physically strong as she used to be, her intellect remains sharp. Helen also has many other loving friends."

"Helen has been well protected from the COVID-19 virus"

"We are grateful that Helen has been well protected from the COVID-19 virus as the retirement home has taken excellent precautions over the course of the pandemic," reflects Malcolm. "We were unable to see her for a long time during episodes of the national lockdown. That said, Helen is pretty independent and, with the help of her caregivers, managed it well."

"My wife and I contracted COVID-19 and mine progressed to pneumonia"

"In January this year, both my wife (name) and I contracted COVID-19 and mine progressed to pneumonia," explains Malcolm, who is 74 years old.

"I am generally a fit and healthy person and the illness really knocked me out. I was lucky not to have to go to hospital and am fully recovered now, although it took a good three months to feel like myself again."

"I was disappointed to find that all my COVID-19 antibodies had disappeared"

"I am very keen to be vaccinated against this disease as I really don't want to go through that again. Six weeks after contracting COVID-19, I had an antibody tested and was pleased to note that, at the time, I still had strong antibody levels to the disease. More recently - around four months after being ill - I repeated the test and was disappointed to find that all my COVID-19 antibodies had disappeared. This strengthened my desire for the vaccine."

Registering for your COVID-19 vaccine on Discovery's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal

"Helen is very keen to get her COVID-19 vaccine. I discussed the vaccination with her in full, including what we know of the process so far. I explained that in order to register for her COVID-19 vaccine she must be registered on the national Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) - it is compulsory for anyone who wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For Discovery clients, 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.

  • This Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal is open to members of medical schemes administered by Discovery Health and to all Discovery clients. It provides a host of relevant support from start to end of one's vaccine journey.

"I found registration very easy," adds Malcolm. He and his wife are not Discovery Health Medical Scheme members but have registered for their COVID-19 vaccine and look forward to their vaccination appointment.

The elderly need help registering for and accessing their COVID-19 vaccine

"I am a firm believer in COVID-19 vaccination and am horrified by anti-vaxxers who spread confusion and misinformation online and elsewhere, which discourages people from getting vaccinated. This puts people's lives at risk. I am even more horrified by all the idiotic conspiracy theories that are spread around on WhatsApp and other social media platforms about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines," adds Malcolm.

"We must help our elderly loved ones to sift through the noise, and help them register on the EVDS or on the Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Portal if they are Discovery clients. We also need to be there to assist with the logistics of accessing their vaccine on the designated day and planning around this. If we are blessed to have elderly loved ones, this is the best we can do to keep them safe in the current context."

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.

  • 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 where vaccinations will be done (including pharmacies, GP practices and hospitals, and dedicated vaccination sites), and the location of Discovery's dedicated vaccination sites.
  • A chance to take part in our survey and share symptoms after you have been vaccinated. Symptoms may be mild, moderate or serious. You will then be guided towards help or to your healthcare provider, as needed.
  • Access to create a digital version of your vaccination card for safe keeping.

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?

COVID-19 vaccines are available in phases according to a national prioritisation framework, not on a first come, first served basis. This phased approach makes sure that people most at risk are vaccinated first.

  • In Phase 2 (likely to start in the third or fourth week of May 2021), vaccination efforts will focus on people over 60 and those living with illnesses. In this phase, people over 80 will be vaccinated first, then those who are younger (but still over 60), then people below 60 who have underlying medical conditions.
  • Phase 3 vaccination efforts will likely start in October 2021. They will focus on the rest of the population - people under 60 with no underlying medical conditions.

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 Prescribed Minimum Benefit 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 medical schemes administered by Discovery Health. Members of other medical schemes will be covered through each scheme's risk pool of 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

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