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COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy

Members of Momentum Medical Scheme can rest assured that their medical aid will cover the cost of their COVID-19 vaccine.

We’ve also created a handy COVID-19 pocket guide for a quick and easy COVID-19 reference and our contact information. For more details, all you need to know about COVID-19 gives you all the information about the virus and how to keep you and your family safe.

SA coronavirus website gives you updates and information relating to the virus and vaccine.

Current COVID-19 vaccination rollout developments

Phase 1 of the national vaccination rollout programme, which was run as the Sisonke clinical trial, came to an end on 15 May 2021, after having successfully vaccinated approximately 479 000 healthcare workers with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, over a period of 2 months.

Vaccination of the remaining healthcare workers and people over 60 started on 17 May 2021.

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When will Momentum Medical Scheme members get the vaccine?

Phase 1

Vaccination of frontline healthcare workers started in February 2021, with roughly 400 000 of an estimated 1 250 000 having been inoculated to date.

Phase 2

Vaccination of people 60 years and older, persons in congregated settings, and those with co-morbidities, started on 17 May 2021.

Phase 3

It is expected that the rest of the population older than 18 (roughly 22.5 million) will start receiving their vaccination from around the end of July 2021.

COVID-19 vaccine availability

We are thrilled to have been advised by the National Department of Health that it has secured COVID-19 vaccines from two suppliers, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, totalling 51 million doses for the South African vaccine rollout programme. Due to the international demand, delivery of vaccines is expected over the balance of the year.

You will not be able to choose which vaccine you receive, as it will depend on which vaccine is available at the time of your vaccination, as well as the vaccination sites cold storage capability as the two vaccines require different storage temperatures.

When you go for your vaccine at your allocated vaccination centre, you will be informed which vaccine you will receive, whether you need a second dose, and when to revisit the centre for your second dose, if applicable. Johnson & Johnson is a single dose vaccine, and Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine.

We’ve compiled a list of COVID-19-related FAQs which you can read for more information.

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

Everybody, including individuals with private healthcare cover, needs to register on the Government’s Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) before you receive your vaccine. During June and July 2021, those healthcare workers and all people 60 years and older who haven’t yet registered are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Registering is easy and can be done in any one of the following ways:

EVDS Online on Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS). Using any device with internet access, such as your cell phone or laptop, go to and follow the prompts to register for the vaccine.
WhatsApp Send the word REGISTER to 0600 123 456.
  • Follow the instructions and enter all the information that is requested.
  • You will need your identity number (South African identity number, passport number, asylum seeker number or refugee number).
  • Enter your location (home or work).
  • If you’re a member of a medical aid you will need your medical aid name and number.
SMS You can dial *134*832*IDNumber#. Or for no ID number, dial *143*832#. Free on all South African mobile networks.
Telephone Call the COVID-19 hotline on 0800 029 999.
QR code Using the new QR code, you can simply scan the QR code and follow the prompts. The QR code can be found on the SA Corona virus website.

Once you’ve registered on the EVDS system, you’ll receive an SMS confirming your registration. Depending on your eligibility in terms of the rollout programme, you’ll be issued with a vaccine code and information on when and where to go for your vaccination. Please note that you will not be able to receive your vaccination without the vaccine code.

Remember, the approach to vaccinations is a phased one, and the SMS providing details of your scheduled vaccination will only be sent when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

Your guide to the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS)

South African citizens aged 60 years and older need to register for their COVID-19 vaccination through the EVDS self-enrolment platform.

Stable internet connection Make sure you have internet access.
Access to a device You’ll need a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.
Complete all details required The welcome screen will tell you what to do next. Follow the instructions. Put in all the details the system asks for.
You'll receive an SMS When you’re done, the system will send you an SMS to the cell phone number you provided. This SMS will let you that you’re registered. This means that you are now in the queue. When it's your turn to be vaccinated, you'll receive another SMS with a date and venue for your vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccine costs

As a Momentum Medical Scheme member, the cost of your vaccination and the applicable administration cost will be fully covered by Momentum Medical Scheme.

Our vaccination process and how you’re covered gives you all the information you’ll need.

Although co-ordinating a vaccination rollout programme of this magnitude is complex, we anticipate that the rollout plan will remain on track. We remain committed to a successful rollout and getting as many of our members vaccinated as soon as possible.

The Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines

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