by Riyaz Patel
The government is in the process of developing an Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to assist with the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines across South Africa, according to the online platform Businesstech.
The system aims to assist in both the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Among other features, the EVDS will reportedly provide and track vaccine information, such as:
- Patient information, including demographics and number of doses;
- Safety information – such as possible adverse events following immunisation;
- Details of vaccine administration sites.
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Part of the monitoring system will include reminders for follow-up appointments to receive a second dose.
It will also include an integrated track-and-trace system for defaulters – those who do not show up to receive their second shot.
A dashboard system is also being developed to capture the reasons given for vaccine refusal.
The Department of Health, according to the publication, say all South Africans who are vaccinated will be placed on a national register and provided with a vaccination card.
A form of identification and proof of a vaccine is likely to become increasingly important in the coming months and years, especially for South Africans looking to travel overseas.
The European Union is reportedly laying the ground for vaccine passports.
A common approach for mutual recognition of vaccination documentation is of the “utmost importance,” the Commission said Tuesday, adding that it wants “an appropriate trust framework” to be agreed upon by the end of January.
A number of tech companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce, announced involvement in a separate, cross-industry effort to establish a universal standard for vaccination status that they said would build on existing standards, such as the SMART Health Cards specification.
“As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, having electronic access to vaccination, testing, and other medical records will be vital to resuming travel and more,” said Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle’s Global Business Units.
“This process needs to be as easy as online banking. We are committed to working collectively with the technology and medical communities, as well as global governments, to ensure people will have secure access to this information where and when they need it.”
“I’m assuming that a covid vaccine ID is being created in South Africa because not all South Africans have medical aid. An ID would be the easiest way to record your vaccination just like your medical aid records your medical history,” said one on Twitter.
“Hectic! The potential of this system is unimaginable…,” said another.
While one netizen dubbed the plan “ambitious, adding that South Africa does not have the capacity or the tech for such an initiative.
Instead, he ‘advised’ government to provide basic services… “Sizobona!” (We’ll see).