The second phase of South Africa’s vaccine rollout is going slowly with a mere 1 350 245 vaccinations having been dispensed to date.
There is a clearly a need to register more folks who are eligible to do so right now so that they can build resistance to the effects of COVID-19.
One of the major hitches in the system at the moment at is the fact that one has to register digitally for the vaccine. While it might be rather simple for the younger generation which has been surrounded by tech our entire lives, it might not be as easier for the elderly.
To that end, FNB has stepped up to the plate and it has announced that it will assist its elderly customers who want to register for the vaccine get through the process.
The bank says that elderly customers who can register from home should do so but for those who can’t or aren’t able, FNB staff will be on hand to assist.
“As a corporate citizen, we have a responsibility to help efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. While vaccination remains a voluntary choice, we believe that vaccination coupled with strict adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols is key to minimising the impact of this pandemic. We urge our elderly customers who choose to register via an FNB branch to wear a mask and follow safety protocol,” adds chief executive officer for FNB’s Points of Presence division, Lee-Anne van Zyl.
FNB says that elderly customers who want to be assisted with vaccine registration should bring an ID and proof of residence along to help speed the process up.
Of course we can’t mention the vaccine without mentioning the blatant and harmful misinformation being spread as regards the COVID-19 vaccine.
To that end we must point to the Real 411. Operated by Media Monitoring Africa, the Real 411 website examines websites, social media posts and more and rules on whether the information is real, fake or outright misleading.
If you see a claim on social media that seems too good to be true, we highly recommend checking with Real 411 to verify it’s authenticity. If you can’t find the claim, submit it and the researchers at Real 411 will investigate it further.
Vaccine registrations for persons 60 years old and older can be completed online here.
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