Mkhize launches electronic vaccination data system

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize invited all health workers, clinical and non-clinical, from both the private and public sectors to join more than 340,000 of their colleagues who've already registered.

FILE: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Government has launched the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS).

The system has been designed to help streamline the distribution of jabs in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Healthcare workers will be the first to be immunised when the rollout begins in the middle of this month.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that over 38,000 healthcare workers had already registered on the EVDS site.

More than 1 million medical workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of the programme.

"We will have different vaccines but we want to work out the different allocations of the vaccines based on the infrastructure that's needed to maintain the cold chain."

Medical students are also eligible.

There are concerns over the vaccine plan in general.

There could be glitches in the system, due to high volumes of registrations.

But government said that it was prepared for any eventuality.

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