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How to get a Rapid Antigen Test 

Anyone in Aotearoa New Zealand can get free RATs.  You can pick these up from a collection site or have someone collect it on your behalf.  Requesting a Rapid Antigen Test  You can order a Rapid Antigen Test in two ways:  On the ‘Request a COVID-19 testing kit’ website:  By … Read more

Getting your second COVID-19 booster dose

About the second booster  The second COVID-19 booster is available six months after the first booster for older New Zealanders and other groups at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.   If you are healthy and have no underlying health conditions, or if you are pregnant, a second booster dose … Read more

After you have had COVID

After you have recovered from COVID-19 and left isolation, there are a few things you should do and be mindful of in your recovery.  Returning to normal activities  As you recover from COVID-19, you might find that you get tired easily or become breathless. This is common after being sick.  … Read more

Urgent COVID-19 support for disabled people 

Find out what disabled people can do if there is a COVID-19 related emergency, or their essential support does not arrive.  If you need urgent medical care  Call 111 immediately if you or someone in your household:  has trouble breathing, or is experiencing shortness of breath  has severe chest pain  feels faint … Read more

About COVID-19 testing

Find out about getting tested, the different tests used in New Zealand, and where you can be tested. Testing is free Generally, everyone can get a COVID-19 test for free — you do not need to be a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you will not have to pay … Read more

When you should get a test

You may need to get a test if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, if you live with a confirmed case, if you’re travelling, or if mandatory testing applies to your job.  If you are unwell  If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms you should get a test. … Read more

Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand’s borders are opening in stages throughout 2022. About travelling to New Zealand To travel to New Zealand, you need to meet several requirements. The steps below explain what evidence you need to provide to enter New Zealand. You no longer need a pre-departure test to travel to New … Read more

If your support worker or carer gets COVID-19

If your regular support worker or carer gets COVID-19, they will need to stay home and isolate. This means you may need to have someone else support you with your care.  If your support worker has COVID-19  If your support worker gets COVID-19, the disability support organisation they are from … Read more

The Pfizer vaccine

Find about the Pfizer vaccine and how you can get vaccinated.  About the Pfizer vaccine  The main COVID-19 vaccine we are using in New Zealand is made by Pfizer-BioNTech. It is also known by its brand name, Comirnaty.   It is an mRNA-based (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine. It does not contain … Read more

Medicines for treating COVID-19  

COVID-19 medicines (also called therapeutics) can be prescribed to reduce the severity of illness and help reduce the risk of hospitalisation for those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.  COVID-19 medicines for use in the community  There are two different oral medicines to treat COVID-19 in New Zealand communities. Their … Read more

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