The Western Cape Department of Health officially launches Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout on 17 May focusing on over 60s. The first senior citizens in the Cape Winelands area can expect to be vaccinated in the week of 24 May.
This will be the first vaccinations open to the general population who are 60 years or older. The Department will start with vaccinations at old age homes in the Breede Valley and Drakenstein and systematically make it available to more individuals in this age group. This approach allows us to streamline the process to be rapid and efficient.
How to register for your vaccine?
We encourage everyone who is 60 or older to register for your vaccine.
1. To register, visit www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the link,
2. or Dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks),
3. or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123 456.
4. Adult children or friends of people in this age group are encouraged to assist them with registration. From the Department’s side we are liaising with old age homes to support their residents with registration.
We also collaborate with role-players like local municipalities to make venues available where senior citizens who do not reside in old age homes can make use of the computers and internet to register. Senior citizens can visit any of the public libraries in the Breede Valley and Langeberg to register, as well as Worcester Town Hall .
5. For internet access and registration support, visit your nearest library in the Langeberg area operating between 08:00 - 16:30 from Mondays to Fridays.
Why is registration important?
By registering for COVID-19 vaccination you help our teams to determine how many vaccines they should have available in a specific period. We liaise closely with the National Department of Health who provides the vaccines. Your registration helps us to plan so that everyone who wants to be vaccinated can have the opportunity.
When you have successfully registered, you will receive a SMS to confirm your registration. A second SMS will follow in the next weeks, with information about when and where you can be vaccinated, as well as code that you need to bring with you when you come for your vaccination.
“Registration is extremely important. When you register, we can carefully plan so that each of the 87 000 senior citizens in our area who wants to be vaccinated, can do so. After you’ve registered, please wait for the SMS that tells you when and where you can be vaccinated. When you follow these instructions, you make it easier for our staff to give you the best possible service,” says Ms Handri Liebenberg, the Project Manager for the Phase 2 Rollout of the vaccine.
What should I bring with me when it is my turn to be vaccinated?
- Take your ID and the code received in the second SMS to staff at the facility where you are vaccinated.
- Go for your vaccination on the specific day of your booking.
- Walk-ins are not permitted at vaccination sites.
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Having trouble to register? Call 0860 142 142.