Vaccination Is Not Needed For R350 Grant, says SASSA

Vaccination Is Not Needed For R350 Grant, says SASSA

New day, new fake news story floating around. SASSA has now taken to their social media to clear the air when it comes to whether you need to be vaccinated to be eligible for the R350 grant.


The newest fake news story ciculating involving the SASSA grant which has many buzzing, the SRD grant, has lead to SASSA having to dismiss the story.

A message has been floating around which says, "The Department of Social Development just out Covid-19 vaccination status as a requirement to receive the R350 grant".

SASSA then shared the following image on social media:

SASSA Grant Fake News

The agency then addressed it and said:

COVID-19 vaccination is not part of the special COVID-19 SRD grant application criteria.

The actual, and only, requirements for the grant are as follows:

  • South African citizens/permanent residents/refugees/asylum seekers/holders of special permits
  • Unemployed
  • Have no alternative source of income or financial support from any other source
  • Between the ages of 18 and 60

Caregivers are also eligible to receive the grant if they are not receiving any grant on their own behalf.

Applications for the grant opened on 6 August and will close on 31 March 2022. 

Should you have applied for the previous round of the grant, you will need to re-apply. Individuals who previously cancelled the grant and would like to re-activate it, due to a change in their circumstances, should also re-apply.

The first R350 grant payments for this reinstatement of the grant will be made in the last week of August.



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