No more walk-in vaccines at private sites if you don’t have medical aid – and maybe if you’re 80

rvZA

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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."

 

lotus123

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I imagine "walk-in" only refers to the first vaccination without an appointment. After that you're given a date so no longer classed as "walk in"?
 

Nerfherder

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I imagine "walk-in" only refers to the first vaccination without an appointment. After that you're given a date so no longer classed as "walk in"?
Yes, you get a second appointment when you get your jab. They wont waste a vaccine like this. The second jab is useless without the first.
 

chrisc

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Staff at D P Marais in Retreat not aware of this. Gave friend (77) a lift there (he received SMS) and his housekeeper and her sister. They vaccinated all 3 after an short wait
 
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