Access to treatment for Covid-19 in the community has been widened, with more medications available and dedicated pharmacists prescribers now able to prescribe antiviral medicines.

People who get Covid-19 and who are at risk of getting very sick can be prescribed antiviral medications that can be taken at home.

The medications are for people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19, have symptoms, and are at a higher risk of hospitalisation including Māori and Pacific peoples, those with complex health needs, the elderly and unvaccinated populations, and disabled people.

The medication is best taken as soon after testing positive as possible and within 5 days of getting Covid symptoms. You can check with your GP if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Read the Ministry of Health's Update on prescribing of antiviral medicines