- Jan 3, 2021
South Africans without medical aid will not be allowed to walk into a private Covid-19 vaccine site without an appointment, under a department of health policy sent to such sites on the weekend.
Instead, the uninsured must be referred to one of the smaller set of public healthcare facilities administering jabs, unless they are at least 80 years old – and then only if there aren't too many.
Medical aid members older than 60, on the other hand, can try their luck at any of the now nearly 500 points where vaccines are being given, without an appointment.
"The NDOH [national department of health] will not pay for uninsured walk-ins to private sites," such sites were told in a circular. "These individuals are to be referred to public sites."
The state won't pay for uninsured people who arrive at private sites without an EVDS appointment – unless they are over 80, and there aren't too many of them.