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Electronic registration system for the Covid-19 vaccine tightened amid fraud claims

Electronic registration system for the Covid-19 vaccine tightened amid fraud claimsFraud claims rock the Covid-19 vaccine rollout (RF Studio/Pexels)

Reports of fraudulent vaccinations has led to tighter measures round the Electronic Vaccination Data System. Doctors in non-public apply are accused of registering their staff and members of the family to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine throughout the nation’s first section of the nationwide rollout.

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Officials are tightening up the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) after allegations that non-public well being staff skipped the line for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The EVDS was launched to watch the vaccination of well being staff in the first section of the nationwide vaccine rollout. However, experiences have emerged that some non-public healthcare medical doctors have been registering their staff and family who weren’t eligible for vaccination.

The CEO of the Netcare group Dr Richard Freidland mentioned they have been conscious of fraudulent vaccination by some non-public practitioners. He measures have been put in place to  stop comparable acts.

“When you come in here, we check exactly who you are, you have to produce an ID, you have to be on the system, you get a tag, and hopefully, we will eradicate that,” he mentioned, chatting with journalists at a media briefing at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. The hospital is one in every of 13 non-public services that may function vaccination websites round the nation.

Closing loopholes

A step in the registration system that folks have been capable of bypass has additionally been eliminated, additional tightening the system towards any manipulation by fraudsters, mentioned MEC for well being in Gauteng Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi.

“Before you get vaccinated, you must be able to produce your voucher, and then we are able to check you on the system,” she mentioned. “If you are not on the system, you are not going to get vaccinated.”

Mokgethi and the Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Netcare Milpark Hospital’s just lately launched Covid-19 vaccination web site.

They inspired healthcare staff to register on the EVDS not solely to stop fraud but additionally to permit the ministry to watch those that had obtained the vaccine. This would additionally assist document any side-effects or hostile reactions to the vaccine. Healthcare staff are taking part in a Johnson and Johnson vaccine implementation research.

Partnering with the non-public sector

Netcare Milpark Hospital is one in every of two non-public vaccination websites in Gauteng. The web site has already seen the vaccination of  over 3,900 healthcare staff.

Through a partnership between the non-public sector and the authorities, healthcare staff from Helen Joseph Hospital have been amongst these inoculated at Netcare Milpark Hospital.

More than 31,000 healthcare staff have been vaccinated throughout Gauteng.

Gauteng just lately obtained over 18,040 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Officials anticipate these doses might be accomplished by Friday.

“Gauteng is ready for the next batch of vaccines that will arrive next week, but by tomorrow, all our sites would have completed whatever is allocated to them,” mentioned Makhura mentioned on the Thursday walkabout.

The nationwide authorities handles the procurement of vaccines, and the arrival of extra vaccines in April is very anticipated.

“We can’t wait for the vaccines to get to the masses,” mentioned Makhura. “When the healthcare workers are safe, it is good for the healthcare system…, but ethically, priority needs to go to the elder people and those who already have comorbidities, who are at great risk.”

The third wave of Covid-19 is predicted to hit the nation in the winter months. To put together, Gauteng  prolonged the contracts of healthcare staff employed at the starting of the pandemic. The province additionally plans to hire an extra 1,060 healthcare staff to handle the additional beds and models added to the Gauteng’s hospitals.– Health-e News

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