While it is intended that all persons who fall within the recommended categories should get the COVID-19 vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in phases based on level of risk and exposure to the disease.
In Phase 1 the following groups of people will be eligible receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- healthcare workers
- the elderly (60 years and over)
- persons with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes (high blood sugar).
NB- The Phase 1 rollout of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme begins with those at the highest risk and highest exposure to the disease, i.e healthcare workers and persons aged 60 years and older with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Other persons in the Phase 1 category will be advised when COVID-19 vaccination will begin for them.
In Phase 2 the following groups of people will be added to the list of those who are eligible receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- frontline essential workers ( e.g. teachers, national security personnel, sanitation workers)
Thereafter the vaccine will be administered to all other persons in who it is not contraindicated (i.e. persons over 18 years of age within the recommended categories).