South Africa is in the process of rolling out its national COVID-19 vaccine programme, which aims to vaccinate over 40 million South Africans over three phases. This key intervention is meant to mitigate the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Netcare has also set up vaccination sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to help assist with the rollout and are urging everyone eligible for vaccinations to use this opportunity to help protect themselves, their loved ones and others.
Many instances of misinformation have been recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and myths about vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine abound.
Stay informed on how your loved one hospitalised with Netcare is doing. With current restrictions in place, this service enables patients’ next-of-kin to receive regular updates, and even further support if needed, from a hospital representative or social worker. Residents outside of South Africa can email Family.Connect@netcare.co.za
For more information on the novel coronavirus contact the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) toll free number for the public, 0800 029 999, during their operating hours, Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 16:00.
For the general public, the use of face masks is not recommended, and the
unwarranted purchase and inappropriate use of face masks could potentially
deplete the availability of these resources for healthcare workers.
The most important things the public can do is to practise good hand
hygiene and cough etiquette.