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Health Dept corrects false media report on vaccinating chronic patients under 60

17 June 2021 5:36 PM
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Health Department
vaccine rollout
EVDS
phase 2 vaccine rollout
Dr Nicholas Crisp
under 60

Afternoon Drive host John Maytham gets clarity from the National Health Department's Dr. Nicholas Crisp following false media reports.
  • The National Health Department says vaccinations have not opened to persons under the age of 60
  • This comes after 24-hour news channel Newzroom Afrika earlier reported that under-60s with medical aid could get the jab
  • Dr. Nicholas Crisp, who's in charge of the national EVDS platform, says the rollout is still focused on vaccinating over-60s
  • Any changes to the national vaccination programme will be announced by the Health Department

The National Health Department says there has been no change to the eligibility criteria of the current Phase 2 vaccine rollout out.

The department's deputy director-general Dr. Nicholas Crisp says he was surprised by media reports earlier on Thursday claiming the rollout had expanded to include chronic patients under the age of 60 on medical aid.

Dr. Crisp says this is incorrect.

Nothing has changed.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

I've received screenshots of exactly the same thing.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

It is not the policy. There is no opening up of the EVDS system to people under the age of 60.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

There's no special preference being given to insured people compared with uninsured people.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

That kind of announcement will be made by the Department of Health, not by individual groups.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, Deputy director-general - Department of Health



17 June 2021 5:36 PM
Tags:
Health Department
vaccine rollout
EVDS
phase 2 vaccine rollout
Dr Nicholas Crisp
under 60

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