Some South Africans have jumped the queue to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine well before they were supposed to, under a system that prioritized first healthcare workers then people over 60. And it looks like they are going to get away with it.
Some of queue-jumpers lied, saying that they were healthcare workers while others exploited loopholes in the sprawling Electronic Vaccination Data System, bypassing an ID-number check supposed to ensure those registering are at least 60 years old.
The scale of the problem was so big that registration for healthcare workers was halted this week until a more secure method could be created to queue them up for their vaccination.
Nicholas Crisp, the deputy director general of the Department of Health responsible for the EVDS, said that what is done is done and that if his department was asked for an audit to identify queue-jumpers, they “wouldn’t be able to provide data that is useful in that”.