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Vaccination Vaccination

The pandemic has impacted so much more
than just our finances

It affects everything from how we feel and the things we fear to how we talk and who we listen to. What we see as reasonable and what we’re ready to risk plays a big part in our day-to-day decisions. We want to help you face challenges with confidence and make choices rooted in fact. Starting with the Covid-19 vaccine.

Feel confident. Know the facts. Get a vaccination.

Take a look at some reassuring facts backed by medical research so you can roll up your sleeve with confidence. Reach out to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or a community health worker if questions or concerns about any allergies, chronic health conditions or fertility treatments may be getting in the way of you and your vaccination.

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FACT

The Covid-19 vaccine was stringently tested.

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It’s impossible to get Covid-19 from the vaccine.

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The vaccine doesn’t interfere with falling pregnant.

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The risk of rare blood clotting from the vaccine is exceptionally low.

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A vaccination lowers your risk of severe illness, hospitalisation or death.

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A Covid-19 vaccination won’t change your DNA.

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The vaccine was tried, tested and proven to protect against the Delta variant.

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Everything that’s in the Covid-19 vaccine is published and safe.

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Need a good reason to get a vaccination? Here are five:

It’s a literal life-saver

If we reach 60% vaccination levels before the fourth wave, we could save 30,000 lives.

It relieves pressure on healthcare services

Covid-19-related hospitalisations can be reduced by 60 - 90% to free up more beds and doctors for other medical emergencies.

Our economy needs it

When infection rates drop, restrictions can ease up so work, travel and businesses can reopen to recover and reboot our economy.

Future infections are easier to fight

A vaccination builds immunity to help us fight future viral infections. This means Covid symptoms go from being deadly to mild. Just like seasonal flu!

It drastically reduces risk

Vaccinations reduced Covid-19-related deaths by 95% globally.

Safety in numbers

Number of vaccines administered per week

Between 17 May - 31 August 2021, only 0.02% of all national vaccinations were reported to have side effects. That’s how rare they are.

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Sanlam backs
the vaccination facts

We choose to prioritise the health and safety of our employees and clients. Our legal obligation is to instill confidence through a work environment and client interactions that are free from risk or harm. Available medical data tells us vaccinations are the best way to ensure this, which is why we as a Group consider it a necessity. Vaccinated or not, we remain committed to protecting our clients and their policies, but future policy-making may take vaccinations into account.

How it works

Our identified workplace vaccination sites have received the requisite accreditation and certification and strictly adhere to the stipulated health and safety protocols. No one will be given the vaccine against their will, nor will they be discriminated against if they choose not to be vaccinated.

Step 1

Step 1: Registration on EVDS

The government requires each individual who intends to be vaccinated, to register on EVDS.

Step 2

Step 2: On vaccination day

Take your EVDS reference SMS with you as proof of your vaccination booking when arriving at the vaccination site.

Step 3

Step 3: After vaccination

Once you have been vaccinated, please monitor any possible side effects.

Step 1: Registration on EVDS

The government requires each individual who intends to be vaccinated, to register on the EVDS site. If you are not registered on the EVDS site, you can visit your nearest vaccination site and they will assist you.

How to register via the website:

  1. Make sure you have internet access.
  2. You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer.
  3. Connect to the internet and go to https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/.
  4. The welcome screen will tell you what to do next.
  5. Follow the instructions and put in all the details the system asks for.
  6. When you are done, the system will send an SMS to the phone number you provided. This SMS will tell you that you are registered, which means that the system now has you in the queue.
  7. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the system will send you another SMS with a date and the venue for your vaccination.

Additional registration methods:

WhatsApp

You can now register on the COVID-19 WhatsApp number by sending “Register” to 0600 123 456.

USSD

You can also register via SMS by dialling *134*832*your ID number.

South Africans who don’t have an ID number can also dial *134*832# for assistance.

National toll-free call centre

By calling the national toll-free call centre on 0800 029 999, somebody will help you to register and answer any questions about the vaccination rollout.

Once you have registered on EVDS, you will receive a reference number for safekeeping. Please make sure you have all the reference communication received from EVDS with you when you go to your vaccination appointment (as will be confirmed), as this will serve as proof of your registration and booking, securing your access to the vaccination site.

Step 2: On vaccination day

Once you’re registered, EVDS will automatically make a booking and notify you where and when to go for the vaccination. Ensure that you have your EVDS reference SMS with you as proof of your vaccination booking. If you belong to a medical aid, you’ll need to present your medical aid membership card.

At the facility, you’ll undergo a COVID-19 screening and be directed to the waiting room. You will also need to complete these two forms:

To save time, you can complete the forms and bring them along on vaccination day.

Medical assessments will be done in the waiting room prior to your vaccination. Once your vaccine has been administered, you’ll be directed to an observation room for a short period of time. Depending on the vaccine type being administered, you may be required to return for a second dose.

Our sites are open on weekdays:

Bellville: 08:00 to 16:00
Houghton: 09:00 to 15:00

Step 3: After vaccination

Once you have been vaccinated, please monitor any possible side effects. Side effects can start around 6 hours after the vaccine, peak at 24 hours and resolve in 2-3 days.

Side effects may be more noticeable if you are young, healthy or had COVID-19 before. These side effects show your body is mounting an immune response. The technical term for this is ‘reactogenicity’. No side effects does not mean your body is not mounting an immune response.

If you notice any possible side effects, or have any queries or concerns after your vaccination, please contact the COVID-19 Public Hotline on 0800 029 999.

Frequently asked questions

Click on the card below to find the answers to your questions regarding the vaccine.