Mediclinic makes it easy for you to get vaccinated
Posted on 20 September 2021
You can now book your COVID-19 shots at more than 30 Mediclinic hospitals countrywide.
Experience of the COVID-19 vaccine conclusively demonstrates that, in the rare case of becoming infected after being vaccinated, those who have been vaccinated have a lower chance of developing serious symptoms. Vaccinations also dramatically reduce the risk of dying from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition to personal protection, the vaccine also allows our healthcare facilities to focus on the seriously ill, without additional patients suffering from COVID-19 infections.
In light of this, Mediclinic currently operates more than 30 COVID-19 vaccination centres across South Africa. “We feel it is vitally important for all people 18 years and older to get vaccinated, which is why we are trying to make it simpler and easier to get a vaccine,” says Dr Gerrit de Villiers, Chief Clinical Officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa.
Up until now, apart from a limited number of walk-ins, you could go to a Mediclinic vaccination site only if you’d been allocated the venue by the Department of Health’s EVDS system. The recent launch of the Mediclinic Vaccination Booking portal means you can now book a time slot at your closest Mediclinic hospital with just a few clicks. This means you have the convenience of booking your appointment at a time and date that suits you best. “The community around our hospitals will no longer need to concern themselves about transport or unknown waiting times as our hospitals are conveniently located,” Dr de Villiers adds.
The process is simple:
- Make sure you are registered on the Department of Health system (https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/)
- Visit the Mediclinic Booking portal (https://vaccinationbookings.mediclinic.co.za/)
- Select the most suitable vaccination centre
- Select the time and date that suits you
- If needed, you can cancel a booking, and make a new one should you need to change the date or time for any reason.
- Visit the vaccination centre on your appointment date and make the choice for a healthier future!
Vaccine hesitant? Consider this: In South Africa, the current death rate from COVID-19 is approximately 3% SARS-CoV-2 infected people. This means 30 000 deaths among a million infected patients.
Evidence indicates that only 9 – 12 individuals in a million might experience a serious adverse effect (such as a blood clot, which is not necessarily fatal) after being vaccinated. Mediclinic believes the benefits of vaccination with a small number of potential side effects far outweigh the serious risk of severe infection or death from COVID-19.