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Covid-19 Vaccination | Rand Mutual Assurance

RMA Joins South Africa's Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

Rand Mutual Assurance is partnering with the Compensation Fund and Federated Employers Mutual Assurance to provide R1.3 billion in Covid-19 vaccination funding for uninsured workers and pensioners.

This is enough to provide vaccinations to more than 3 million South Africans.

Apply to get your vaccination

Do you qualify? 

You qualify for our funded Covid-19 vaccination programme if you are: 

  1. A working South African citizen with no current medical aid cover, or 
  2. A Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) pensioner 

You do not need to be an RMA or FEMA member to qualify.

What you need to do:

  • • Register on the COVID WhatsApp number by sending “REGISTER” to 0600 123 456. 
  • • You can SMS *134*832*your ID number . Or 
  • • For online registration, click this link https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za and follow the instructions 

You will Need the following information when registering: 

  • • Your ID number 
  • • The location where you want to be vaccinated 

Six Steps to getting registered on the Electronic Vaccination System (EVDS) 

  1. Register on the (EVDS) Platform on https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za 
  2. The welcome screen will tell you what to do next. 
  3. Follow the instructions, put in all the details the system asks you for. 
  4. When you are done, the system will send an SMS to the number you provided 
  5. The SMS will tell you that you are registered. 
  6. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, the system will send you another SMS with a date and the venue for your vaccination

Why we are getting involved

For over 120 years, RMA has strived to deliver exceptional insurance cover for employment injury- and health-related benefits in South Africa. That is why becoming an active sponsor of Covid-19 vaccinations was a logical investment for RMA.

Together with our partners the Compensation Fund and FEMA, we’ve played an active role in supporting people affected by Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Collectively, we have taken up responsibility to cover the costs of medical treatment and lost income because of disablement caused by Covid-19 acquired in the workplace.

As a country we need to build a strong partnership between the government and business sector to augment the resources required in financing the additional vaccines necessary to achieve herd immunity.- Cyril Ramaphosa

Related Questions 

Should I get vaccinated against Covid-19? 

Getting vaccinated is proven to be both safe and effective in helping prevent you from getting Covid-19. By getting a Covid-19 vaccination, you will not only protect yourself, but also help reduce the spread of the virus by building up herd immunity in South Africa.

Is the Covid vaccine safe long term?

There currently isn’t enough data to know definitively what the long-term side effects of Covid vaccines are, but it is rare for vaccines to cause any long-term effects. Minor short-term side effects may occur, as can allergic reactions, though these are uncommon.

How quickly could Covid-19 vaccines stop the pandemic?

The speed at which vaccines will slow the Covid-19 pandemic depends on many factors: how quickly countries can ramp up the manufacture and distribution of vaccines; effectiveness against new strains; public compliance. Scientists are confident the vaccine will slow the pandemic, but it’s difficult to predict how long this may take.

Can I still get Covid after the vaccine?

Your chances of getting infected with Covid-19 are lowered after getting the vaccine, but not completely eliminated. Research to date suggests that if you do become infected following vaccination, your symptoms are likely to be milder.

Can vaccinated people get long Covid?

Long-haul Covid-19 is still theoretically possible among vaccinated people, but doctors suggest this is likely very rare. Covid-19 vaccinations reduce not just the risk of infection, but the severity of symptoms as well, and the evidence to date suggests this applies to long Covid.

Who should be vaccinated first for COVID-19 vaccine?

People with comorbidities, older adults, and frontline healthcare workers should be vaccinated first against Covid-19. As more vaccine doses are becoming available, the vaccination programme will be extended to target lower-risk groups.

How long does the Pfizer vaccine last?

While we don’t have any real long-term clinical data for how long the Pfizer vaccine lasts just yet, recent studies suggest vaccinated persons still had germinal centres producing immune cells directed at Covid-19 at least 6 months after being vaccinated. They are likely to provide protection for far longer.

Which countries have the highest vaccination rates?

The countries with the highest rate of fully vaccinated people include Iceland (73.9%); the UAE (67.8%); Israel (60.3%); Chile (59.8%); Uruguay (57.9%); Mongolia (55.2%); Qatar (54.9%); Hungary (54.5%); and the United Kingdom (52.1%). In South Africa, only 2.5% of the population is currently fully vaccinated.

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccination is important in preventing the spread of highly contagious, dangerous viruses and diseases, by building immunity amongst the vaccinated population. If enough of the population is vaccinated, diseases can be eliminated entirely (as has happened with diseases such as measles). A vaccine is our best chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

What do we vaccinate against?

We vaccinate against many dangerous diseases, including chickenpox, measles, mumps, hepatitis (A and B), polio, tetanus, and many more. In South Africa, the broad-spectrum BCG vaccine is administered, which provides protection against mycobacterium tuberculosis.

How does the Covid-19 vaccine work?

Covid-19 vaccines work by providing cellular instructions to our immune system to recognise and break down the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It triggers a response that mimics the body’s natural reaction to Covid-19 infection, but through the use of a harmless protein piece. This teaches the immune system to produce antibodies capable of breaking down real Covid-19 viral cells.

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