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COVID-19 updates

Momentum Metropolitan supports the Government’s vaccine rollout plan. What you need to do:

COVID-19 vaccine –
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.

Dr Michael Mol answers those pressing questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Pfizer vaccine

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.

Immunocompromised individuals

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
  • Asplenia
  • Individuals receiving high dose corticosteroids or systemic biologics
  • Long term renal dialysis
  • Transplant recipients (solid organ or bone marrow)

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

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:

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 *134*832#. Free on all South African mobile networks.
Telephone Call the COVID-19 hotline on 0800 029 999.

Your guide to the EVDS

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.

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 or you can choose to book a slot at the vaccination centre of your choice.

COVID-19 vaccines costs

You don’t need to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine – it is free.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Firstly, you should stay calm when you isolate yourself from others in the household. Stress and anxiety impact your body in a negative way, which adversely affects your immunity. Dr Michael Mol and Dr Nyari Murefu give you other tips to help you if you test positive for COVID-19. 3-minute video

The Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines

Dr Michael Mol and Dr Nyari Murefu talk about the benefits of taking either the Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – both of which are designed to help your body identify the enemy (the virus) and build up immunity to it. 6-minute video.

COVID-19 vaccines myths and facts

A question many people have asked is how we can trust the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s been made so quickly. Dr Michael Mol and Dr Nyari Murefu discuss the facts and myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. 4-minute video.

COVID-19 during winter - follow these 4 lifestyle habits

With temperatures dropping, many people want to know if COVID-19 will be harder to fight during winter. The short answer is yes, but Dr Michael Mol and Dr Nyari Murefu explains this further and give you 4 easy tips to help keep you healthy and balanced this winter. 4-minute video.

Is COVID-19 just a bad flu?

No, influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by very different viruses. Watch the video to learn more from Dr Dr Michael Mol and Dr Nyari Murefu. 4-minute video.

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