The Department of Health on Friday said over 126,000 people had registered on the new vaccine portal that went live for South Africans who are 60 years and older.
The country’s electronic vaccination data system website officially went live on Friday afternoon.
It comes amid concerns among many South Africans who have criticised government for dragging its feet in vaccinating the country.
However, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured the country that the rollout plan is still intact and will go ahead once all the issues they’ve come across so far have been sorted.
The department’s Milani Wolmaran said they were seeing positive feedback: “Over 126,000 people have registered within the first hour.”
Wolmaran said they’d put security measures to ensure that the system was safe: “And one of the key securities is that we will not release their data and the system is owned by government.”
The department said the feedback for its vaccine registration portal took 12 hours.
Wolmaran said those who registered on Friday would be receiving messages on Saturday informing of what they should do.
“So those that registered during the course of the day were registering during the live testing period. If you do not receive an SMS within the next 12 hours, we ask you to kindly reregister.”
Wolmaran said those who did not have access to the internet would be assisted at different sites across the country.
“All provincial departments of health have committed to health programmes to different community halls, community libraries where they will have assisted registration.”