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.
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.
The Covid-19 vaccine was stringently tested.
It’s impossible to get Covid-19 from the vaccine.
The vaccine doesn’t interfere with falling pregnant.
The risk of rare blood clotting from the vaccine is exceptionally low.
A vaccination lowers your risk of severe illness, hospitalisation or death.
A Covid-19 vaccination won’t change your DNA.
The vaccine was tried, tested and proven to protect against the Delta variant.
Everything that’s in the Covid-19 vaccine is published and safe.
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.
Yes. Even though your body created antibodies while you had Covid, studies show that getting vaccinated after having the infection strengthens your immune response even more and reduces your chance of getting Covid again.
Mild side effects like soreness where you got injected, fever, chills, headache, muscle ache, and fatigue. These are nothing to worry about. In fact, they’re common for most vaccines. They’re are all signs that you’re building up immunity for the real thing. Severe side effects occur in less than 1% of people who are vaccinated. If you experience a bad headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, or an allergic reaction, speak to your doctor or seek medical care.
Yes, if the side effects were mild or moderate. However, if you have a severe allergic reaction to the first dose, it’s not advisable to get the second dose. Please speak to your healthcare provider as each case needs to be carefully assessed.
Yes, you should wait at least 30 days after having Covid to receive the vaccine. This allows for the 10-day isolation period you need to observe and gives your body time to recover. Although you will have antibodies already, getting the vaccine will strengthen your immunity. If you’re having the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and contract Covid after the first dose, you’ll need to extend the period before your next dose (usually around 42 days) to take the 30-day waiting period into account.
Yes, the vaccine can be given to people with chronic conditions. Speak to your doctor about your condition to get advice on how to proceed.
Any person over 18. The vaccines have been proven safe for most people, including if you have a pre-existing condition, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart, liver or kidney disease, or an autoimmune disorder.
It would be better to postpone your vaccine appointment. If you’ve been exposed, start a 10-day isolation period to protect yourself and prevent transmitting the virus to others (you may be asymptomatic). If you get symptoms, go for a Covid test.
It’s not recommended. After being vaccinated, it takes around two weeks for your body to build up immunity. While the vaccine protects you against severe illness, no vaccine is 100% effective and you may still catch Covid or a different variant from people who are not vaccinated. Stay as safe as possible by sanitising, keeping your distance and wearing a mask.
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.
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.
The government requires each individual who intends to be vaccinated, to register on EVDS.
Take your EVDS reference SMS with you as proof of your vaccination booking when arriving at the vaccination site.
Once you have been vaccinated, please monitor any possible side effects.
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.
You can now register on the COVID-19 WhatsApp number by sending “Register” to 0600 123 456.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click on the card below to find the answers to your questions regarding the vaccine.