Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
20 May 2021
7:38 am

Foreign nationals cry foul over vaccine roll-out

Asanda Matlhare

Jo Vearey, associate professor and director for African Centre for Migration & Society, said the lockdown was a huge part of why some foreign nationals were undocumented.

Healthcare workers register people ahead of vaccinating them with Pfizer vaccines at the Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston, on 17 May 2021. Picture: Michele Spatari/AFP

A large proportion of the estimated nearly four million foreign nationals, legal and illegal, in SA could be at risk of not being inoculated against Covid-19 as community fears and problems over paperwork keep them away from hospitals and vaccination sites. Foreign nationals with documents can register on the electronic vaccine data system (EVDS), using their passports or refugee permits. However, Shelton Chiyangwa, spokesperson for Zimbabwe Migration Support Network, an organisation representing Zimbabwean nationals in the country, claimed foreign nationals had been forgotten. “The fact that we must have a South African identity document to complete the registration process meant...