My experience of the vaccine

Chartered client Ronelle Baker recently had her first Covid vaccine and had this to share.

If you are sixty and over and have registered on the Government vaccine site ( but have not received an “invite” to go for your vaccination, do not fret, just go to one of the many venues with your ID document and medical aid card (if you have one). You will be given the Pfizer vaccination. You will then, in about four weeks, be required to go back to the same venue for the second injection.

  1. Esangweni CHC is the clinic in Tembisa, on Kenya Street – highly recommended; the staff are professional, friendly, willing and extremely helpful.
    It looks chaotic but is very well organised. It is at the clinic, not at the hospital.
  2. Dischem Warehouse, Midrand. Reports indicate that the queues here are long but again very well organised, and they even have a coffee station.
  3. Discovery Sandton – this venue is only accessible if you have had an invitation to attend at a specified time and if you are a Discovery member.

By the time this is published, residents in retirement villages will also be receiving their vaccinations on site.

Please note that these tips are given from my personal perspective and are not official tips, i.e. not government or medical aid sponsored.


  • We “walked in” to Ackermans Pharmacy in Primrose, and we left about 40 minutes after we arrived.
    They were professional and very helpful and I would recomend them to everyone.
    We ended up there after trying a few other places who said they would put us on the list and phone us back when we could come in.

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