Getting free face masks

More masks are being provided in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect people who are at higher risk of more severe illness if they contract COVID-19. You do not need to have COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms to get free masks. 

Free medical masks 

You can get free medical face masks by: 

  • picking them up from testing centres and collection points alongside your free rapid antigen tests (RATs). You can order these online at 
  • by visiting a participating pharmacy 
  • through a participating GP or alternative community healthcare provider  

If you are unable to order RATs online, or you are unable to visit a participating provider in person,  call 0800 222 478 and select option 3.  

Free P2/N95 particulate respirator masks 

Both medical masks and P2/N95 particulate respirator masks are available from the providers mentioned, with those people at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 being prioritised for P2/N95 masks. This includes people:  

  • with compromised immunity 
  • with high-risk medical conditions 
  • who are older 
  • who live in aged care facilities 
  • who are pregnant 
  • with a disability 
  • who live with mental health conditions or addictions 
  • of Māori and Pacific ethnicity 
  • who smoke 

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