Over 60s Who Vaccinate In November Will Receive Grocery Vouchers

In order to encourage South Africans over the age of 60 to get their jab, stakeholders have come together to offer grocery vouchers to those over 60 who will receive their jab in November. 

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Currently South Africa has administered just over 22 million vaccine doses against the Covid-19 pandemic and the government is working hard to increase these numbers and reach herd immunity in the country. 

In order to encourage more South Africans to get the Covid-19 vaccine, many companies and foundations have come together to help increase the vaccination rates by providing various incentives. 

The Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla has said that adults over the age of 60, who get their vaccine in November, will be rewarded with a R100 grocery voucher after taking their jab.

On Friday he announced that the pilot scheme was valued at R26 million and that 260 000 pensioners would benefit from it. 

“This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis,” said the Health Minister. 

Dr Phaahla explained that the grocery voucher will be sent via a text message to the cellphone number of senior citizens registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). Recipients will be able to redeem the coupons at Shoprite, Checkers and Usave stores. 

Pensioners will automatically receive an invitation to get their vouchers. They will however be required to opt-in, by dialling "YES" at no cost to the user upon receiving an SMS, this is accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act or POPI Act. 

Once they have dialled in they will get access to the Money Market account of Shoprite, which protects their money. 

"They cannot lose their voucher and once they've registered, that money is available to them," says the Minister. 

The Minister said that the DG Murray Trust, Alan Gray Financial Services, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Elma Vaccines Foundation, Michael, and Susan Dell Foundation have sponsored the grocery vouchers.

“We hope the pilot will be a success so that it can encourage other companies to come forward. We welcome other initiatives which are still being considered.”

Meanwhile, Nando's has also offered 1 000 vouchers valued at R500 each which will be given to members of the 15 best performing teams at vaccination sites on Election Day, 1 November. 

Uber is also offering free rides up to R100 each for health workers who will be on duty on 1 November. 

To date, at least 15 078 053 individuals have received one jab which makes up 37,9% of the population. In addition, 12 140 701 or 30% of the adults are now fully vaccinated. 

According to the Minister, the vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 is proceeding gradually, with 99 900 having already vaccinated by Thursday, 28 October and 183 700 teenagers registered. He says that these numbers are expected to pick up once the school holidays commence.

He has said that he is hopeful that 70% of the over 60-age group and the 50 to 59 years age group would be vaccinated by the end of December. 

“We again urge everyone to take advantage of the current low levels of infection to come forward to receive the vaccination before the expected fourth wave hit our shores.”

The Minister has encouraged South Africans to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their friends and families. 

 

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