COVID-19 vaccine –
is it safe?
is it safe?
Dr Michael Mol, renowned South Africa’s TV doctor, addresses your concerns by explaining the science about the vaccine, its side effects, how it was tested, and that it is safe to take. Watch the 9-minute video.
COVID-19 vaccine availability
You cannot choose which vaccine you receive, as it depends on which vaccine is available at the time. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose, and the Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. When you go for your vaccine at your allocated vaccination centre, you’ll be informed which vaccine you’ll receive. You will also be notified whether you need a second dose and when to revisit the centre.
If you’ve already been vaccinated with the first Pfizer vaccine dose, you’ll need to visit a vaccine site close to you to receive your second dose after 21 days.
It’s important that you go for your vaccination at your scheduled appointment time. We would also like to encourage you to assist your family members who are eligible for the vaccine to register and go for their vaccination. We all need to work together to contribute to the success of the vaccination rollout, to lower the infection rates in South Africa.
We’ve compiled a list of COVID-19-related FAQs which you can read for more information. Or you can call our vaccine site helpline on 031 574 3033 for general enquiries and sites questions.
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 won’t be able to receive your vaccination without the vaccine code. The approach to vaccinations is a phased one and you’ll only be able to book a slotwhen it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
Additional vaccine doses
You can get an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine 2 months (60 days) after your second jab.
Mix and match your vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines can now be given at the same time with other vaccines. Unless an individual requests a different booster dosage or has a history of side effects after vaccination, a similar booster should be used if both vaccines are offered at the immunisation site.
However, it is advised that the COVID-19 vaccine be given on the left arm, and the other vaccine on the right arm, with the arm of administration noted on the vaccination record.
If you’re an adult undergoing treatment for any of the below conditions, you’re considered immunocompromised and can get an additional dose of the vaccine 28 days after your last vaccine dose. Please note that you will need to get a referral from your doctor to get this additional dose.
- Haematological or immune malignancy
- Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency disorder
- HIV infection with CD4 count < 200 cells/μL within the last 6 months
- Individuals receiving high dose corticosteroids or systemic biologics
- Long term renal dialysis
- Transplant recipients (solid organ or bone marrow)
Everybody, including individuals with private healthcare cover, needs to register on the Government’s EVDS before you receive your vaccine. Registering is easy and can be done in any one of the following ways:
South African citizens aged 12 years and older, including teachers and healthcare workers that have not been vaccinated, need to register for their COVID-19 vaccination through EVDS.
COVID-19 vaccines costs
You don’t need to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine – it is free.
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