The purpose of Vooma Vouchers is to ensure that as many people aged 50 and older get vaccinated, because they are at highest risk of getting severely ill or dying from Covid-19.
More than three out of every five over fifties (64%) have had at least one dose of vaccination. If we can get close to five out of five we will crush the power of the virus and future waves.
The problem is that the rate of vaccination among older people is now very low. Fewer than 4,000 people 50+ are being vaccinated for the first time every day, with close to 3.5 million 50+ unvaccinated.
One of the reasons why people do not come forward for vaccination is that they still have to pay to get to the vaccination sites or may have other expenses associated with it, even though the vaccination itself is free. We want to try and make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated.
HOW DOES THE VOOMA VOUCHER WORK?
From November every person who is 50 years and older and goes for their very first Covid-19 jab, will automatically receive notification of a voucher as an SMS on the cell number they gave for vaccination (from 1 November for 60+ and from 18 November for 50-59 years).
Those people who do not yet have a free Money Market account with Shoprite will need to register either in-store or by free USSD, WhatsApp or mobile App. This free service will ensure that the voucher can be traced and re-issued if it is lost and if it has not already been redeemed. It also means that people do not have to spend the full voucher all at once.
The voucher is valid for 60 days after receiving it.
Vouchers will be issued until the end of February 2022 or until vouchers run out, whichever comes first. So far, we have funding for 260,000 vouchers. Vouchers will only be given to people coming for their first dose (i.e. either J&J vaccine or first dose Pfizer). Vouchers will not be issued for the second Pfizer dose.
The gift of greatest value is the free vaccination, because that will protect you from the serious impact that Covid-19 can have on your health and on the well-being of your family.
Vooma Vouchers are only available to people aged 50 or older, because they are at highest risk of getting very sick or dying from Covid-19. Younger people can get very sick too. That is why we’re asking everyone to get vaccinated, but we must first make it easier for older people to get their vaccinations.
The gift of greatest value is the free vaccination, because that protects you from the serious impact that Covid-19 can have on your health and on the well-being of your family. We have introduced the R200 Vooma Voucher to assist people who have not yet come forward because they might have challenges in paying the taxi fare or other costs. If we can get all people over 50 years to come forward, we will all benefit and the economy will begin to open up again. That is why we now have to focus on those people who have not yet come forward for vaccination.
Unfortunately not. You are now partially protected against Covid-19 infection, although you will only be fully protected once you have had your second dose. But given the funding that we have available, we must focus on those who are at highest risk i.e. those people aged 50+ who have had no vaccination at all.
Thank you for having been vaccinated! We know that you may have had to pay out of your own pocket for taxi fare or other costs. But you must remember that the gift of greatest value is the free vaccination, and since your vaccination, you have already been protected from the serious impact that Covid-19 can have had on your health and on the well-being of your family. Older people who have not been vaccinated will be at serious risk if they get Covid-19, and giving them R200 to make it easier for them to get vaccinated is a small price to pay to help us protect them and their families.
The vouchers can be spent at any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave store.
If you already have a free Shoprite Money Market account, your voucher will automatically be put in your account for you to spend. If you haven’t registered for the Money Market Account, you can either register by cellphone (USSD, WhatsApp or mobile App) or at the Money Market kiosk in the store. This will ensure that if you miss or lose your voucher SMS, your voucher can be re-issued your voucher. In this way, we can guarantee that you will get your voucher to the value of R200 – even if you miss the SMS or delete it by accident.
Once you are registered for the Money Market Account, you can gift the voucher to a family member or friend who lives closer to a Shoprite, Checkers or Usave store. But remember, the voucher can only be redeemed once.
The Vooma Voucher is valid for 60 days after you receive it as an SMS on your cellphone. After that it will expire and you won’t be able to get a new one.
This offer will last until the end of February 2022 or until vouchers run out, whichever comes first. So, don’t wait, go straight to a vaccination site near you.
Contact Shoprite toll free helpline on 080 001 0709. They will assist. Remember, the voucher can only be used once, and only at Shoprite, Checkers or Usave.