Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Bloemfontein: The Free State Department of Health considers vaccination as a vital instrument of prevention against Covid19 related serious illness and death.
This is whilst the Department continues to encourage the members of the public to adhere to all Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions that have helped to curb the viral spread of the virus up to now, even in the absence of a cure.
The Department is committed to ensuring that it finalizes the targeted vaccination of Health Care Workers as part of Phase 1 and move on swiftly to vaccinate the vulnerable population of over 60 years of age in Phase 2 that will resume by 17 May 2021.
The Department is acutely aware that Vaccinating high risk population groups before winter will:
- result in ~40 000 lives being saved;
- reduce hospitalisation by up to 50%; and
- reduce the costs that will be incurred by the healthcare system in managing infections of those that will get very sick, require admission and the incalculable cost of death.
The Department encourages members of the community, community organizations and various stakeholders to join hands with the Department of Health to help in ensuring that the over 60 years population is assisted with registration through the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) by logging on at http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/
The Department has earmarked about 97 facilities in the 5 Districts where the vaccination will take place which number is distributed as follows:
- Mangaung = 21
- Thabo Mofutsayana = 26
- Lejweleputswa = 26
- Fezile Dabi = 17
- Xhariep = 7
Once a person is registered, they will be notified by SMS on where and when they should come to be vaccinated. The Department will carefully and patiently announce these vaccination sites on a regular basis, so that the over 60 years population is not overwhelmed or confused by the message.