Self-booking Feature Launched On The EVDS
A new function on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) now allows South Africans to book their own vaccination appointments when they register.
South Africans who have been registered for vaccination can now make their own appointment for their vaccination via a bookings new function on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
After people have registered on the EVDS, they are able to choose when and where they would like to receive their vaccination or change their appointment. However, they not are able to choose which vaccination they receive.
The booking function is voluntary and those who are registered but have not made a booking will still be allocated one.
The EVDS was a platform created to allocate appointments based on the vaccine supply available within a distance of the registered person. This did however lead to a few challenges such as registered people having to travel far to get to vaccination sites or family members being allocated to different vaccination sites or dates.
In a digital briefing, the national Department of Health EVDS project manager, Milani Wolmarans says that the new booking feature is aimed at addressing key frustrations that people are experiencing with the vaccination programme.
One of the key frustrations was the EVDS' automated, centralised booking system this lead the department to run a parallel scheduling function.
The department hopes that the new booking process will increase access to vaccines and in this way encourage more South Africans to get vaccinated.
As of 11 September 2021, at least 14 million vaccine doses have been administered in South Africa, with just over 7 million of the population being fully vaccinated. This equates to 12,3% of the population being fully vaccinated.
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