Free antiviral medicine is now available. You may be eligible if one of the following applies to you:
- are Māori and 50 or over
- have a severely weakened immune system
- have three or more health conditions that put you at higher risk of getting seriously māuiui from COVID-19
- are living at the same whare as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have symptoms.
The health conditions include common illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. You will need a prescription or a health check from a pharmacist. You may be able to get a prescription in advance from your doctor. It is important that the medicines are taken as soon as possible and within 5 days of developing symptoms.
Talk to your doctor or your hauora provider to find out if antiviral medicine is right for you.