Covid-19 Vaccine Vouchers Now Include 50+ Age Cohort

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The South African Department of Health is racing against time to vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the upcoming festive season.


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The South African Department of Health is racing against time to vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the upcoming festive season. 

The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla warned that the festive season could trigger the country's fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. 

The department of health has introduced an incentive In a bid to increase the vaccination. This incentive comes in the form of a R100 voucher, redeemable once you get a jab of Covid-19. 

The vouchers were initially only available to people over the age of 60. However, people above 50 will now be eligible to receive the voucher. The department will distribute a total of 260 000 Vooma Vouchers. 

Vaccination Demand Task Team Lead, Dr David Harrison revealed that only 8 135 vouchers have been redeemed so far. He said, “We are only two weeks in and it may be that the message takes time to filter down to everyone. However, we don’t have the luxury of time with the fourth wave approaching and must adapt our strategy quickly if it doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect,”. 

It is estimated that 3 in every 5 people above the age of 50 have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The department wants this number to increase as over 80% of Covid-19 related deaths have occurred in this age group. 

Here's how to get your Vooma Vaccination grocery voucher 

  1. Visit any vaccination site nationwide 
  2. Remember to make sure you have your Identification Document, passport, Asylum Seekers Permit or Refugee number 
  3. Get Vaccinated
  4. Wait for an SMS from the Department of Health. (this is the number you provided on the Electronic Vaccination Data System system)
  5. Text YES when you receive the SMS to receive the voucher

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