Free antiviral medicine is available to people who:
have COVID-19 and symptoms or are a Household Contact and have symptoms
became sick within the last 5 days, and
meet one of the additional antiviral eligibility criteria listed below.
Eligible people include:
Māori or Pacific people aged 50 years or older
everyone aged 65 years or older
anyone aged 50 years or older with fewer than two Covid vaccinations
anyone with a severely weakened immune system
anyone with Down syndrome
anyone with sickle cell disease
anyone previously in critical or high dependency hospital care from Covid
anyone with a disability who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19
anyone with frailty or vulnerability due to one or more severe health conditions
You are also eligible if you have 3 or more high-risk factors for severe illness from COVID-19.
Visit COVID19.health.nz to identify if you meet the criteria for ‘high risk of severe illness’ or are ‘severely immunocompromised’.
You can see more detailed list of eligibility criteria on Pharmac's website here.
What if I have a prescription from my doctor?
You must test postive before the medicines can be dispensed by a pharmacist.
You can submit your prescription to our pharmacy for dispensing and delivery here.
Can I get a prescription directly from a pharmacy?
Yes, if you fit the eligibility criteria.
Can I come to the pharmacy to collect my Covid-19 medicine?
Do not come into the Pharmacy if you have tested positive. If you get COVID-19 you must self-isolate for at least 7 days and cannot leave your home. If you are eligible for Covid-19 medicines, you can arrange to have them delivered by friends, whānau, or your pharmacy.
Our pharmacy has a local delivery option we can talk to you about on our consult for the supply of Covid-19 medicines.
We may also be able to deliver over-the-counter medicines to help you in your recovery from COVID-19.