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City urges elderly to get online so they can be in line<p>​​</p><p>‘The vaccination of residents over 60 is happening at a steady pace, but many more of our elderly need to register. Last week, 135 persons were vaccinated at City sites with 9 241 across the metropole, mostly in old age homes. There will be a gradual phase in of Metro sites over the next few weeks to a total of over 70 public sector sites. I am also heartened by the fact that scheduling of appointments for vaccination is being managed locally, so hopefully this will help expedite the rate of vaccinations,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Eight City Health vaccination sites were added yesterday and these include the Kuyasa and Lansdowne Libraries, as well as the Ruimte Road and Chestnut satellite clinics. An additional four will be added next week.<br> <br>‘There is an increase in Covid cases across the metro and predictions are the third wave will hit us in a few weeks. It is imperative not only to continue with hygiene protocols, but also that we protect as many of our vulnerable residents as soon as possible. I urge our elderly residents to get registered and for those who are able to assist, to help them in doing so,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>To make it easier for residents to register on the electronic vaccine data system (EVDS), residents can register using the City’s facilities and especially the libraries.</p><p>Each person registering will require an ID number and a cell phone number where they can receive details of their appointment.<br> <br>Library staff are able to assist residents and the process is quick.</p><p>A number of elderly have already made use of this opportunity, with a snapshot of libraries showing that 84 have registered at Kulani, 64 at Elsies River and 24 at Harare.</p><p>The City has registered more than 35% of people over the age of 60 for a vaccine. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Sub-District</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Percentage of people over 60 registered</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eastern</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">38%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Khayelitsha</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Klipfontein</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">43%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mitchells Plain</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">20%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Northern</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">38%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Southern</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">54%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tygerberg</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">29%</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Western</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">50%</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Persons can also register via USSD and WhatsApp, or if they have access to the internet directly at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">To register via USSD: Dial*134*832# (it is free on all networks)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">To register via WhatsApp: Send the word REGISTER to 060 0123 456</div></li></ul><p>After you have registered you will receive a SMS verifying your registration on the system.</p><p>When it is your turn to be vaccinated, you will receive a second SMS with your appointment time and place. You will need to show this SMS at vaccination sites, with your identification document.</p><p>Should you receive a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer vaccine, you will be sent another SMS with your follow-up appointment date.</p><p> ‘Vaccines decrease your risk of contracting severe Covid-19 or dying from it. There remains a small risk of catching or transmitting the virus, so we still need to follow all protocols. The health of our communities is the responsibility of us all. Continue to wear your mask, especially in public places, keep your distance from others and sanitise as often as possible,’ added Councillor Badroodien.<br> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2021-05-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3cc24fb7-843d-4263-8e61-b3d7292ff76d;L0|#03cc24fb7-843d-4263-8e61-b3d7292ff76d|Elderly;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#66509bcf-b226-4328-b5e2-47785ca4e1bd;L0|#066509bcf-b226-4328-b5e2-47785ca4e1bd|register;GP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health10

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