Two COVID-19 antiviral medicines are available to treat early COVID-19 at home. When taken early on in your COVID-19 illness, they can help you stay out of hospital. They are only available for eligible people.
IMPORTANT: For the protection of other patients and our staff, if you have tested positive for covid, are a household contact or are feeling unwell do not come into the pharmacy. We can run your consult over the phone and can deliver your medication contact-free to you at home.
You must have tested positive, or have had symptoms in the last five days, and are a Household Contact of a positive case.
And must also either:
have a severely weakened immune system
have Down syndrome
have sickle cell disease
be aged 75 years or older, or
have been previously admitted to an intensive care unit directly as a result of COVID-19 and have tested positive again.
do not require supplemental oxygen
You might also be eligible if you:
are taking regular medicines
are older than 57
are of Māori or Pacific Island ethnicity
have complex health needs or disability
are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
You can see more detailed list of eligibility criteria on Pharmac's website here.
You must test postive before the medicines can be dispensed by a pharmacist.
Yes, if you fit the eligibility criteria. Some pharmacists will be able to supply COVID-19 antivirals without a prescription.
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