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COVID-19 Hub

Situation Update 

Māori and Pacific peoples aged 40 to 49 are now eligible for a second booster, to provide additional protection from COVID-19.  Read more on the Unite Against COVID-19 website

  • First and second boosters help to reduce the chance of more serious illness and hospitalisation. We recommend you stay up to date and book in any vaccines you are eligible for. 
  • If you have had COVID-19 and are eligible for a booster, you can get it 3 months after you tested positive.

Get your booster

First and second booster vaccines are available through walk-in and booked appointments at Māori and Pacific providers, pharmacies, general practice and other locations across our region.  Appointments can be booked at BookMyVaccine.nz  or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing and Isolation

With COVID-19 growing in our local communities, it’s important we keep following health advice. Here are some COVID-friendly measures to protect you and your whānau:

  • Keep an eye out for symptoms such as a new or worsening cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever or a sore throat.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, take a rapid antigen test (RAT) as soon as you can and report the result on My Covid Record. Free RAT tests can be ordered online here: 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for 7 days whilst you recover. Stay in your home or accommodation away from other people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to the people around you. Read more on the COVID-19 Health Hub:
  • There are free antiviral medicines available to any New Zealander 65+ who tests positive for COVID-19. For Māori and Pacific peoples, these medicines will be available for free to anyone aged 50+ who tests positive. In addition, anyone with three high-risk conditions is eligible for free anti-viral medicines. You need to start these within the first 5 days of developing COVID-19 symptoms. Read more about free COVID medicines here.
  • If your symptoms become worse or you need advice on how to manage your COVID-19 infection, call your local healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
  • If you or the person you are caring for develops difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately. Read about COVID-19 symptoms and when to get help here:

 


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The information included in these tiles will be updated on a Monday each week. It is snapshot in time created by balancing the need to protect public health with the individual right to privacy. It does not necessarily reflect the level of risk in each community. We reserve the right to change the way this information is provided.

 

Getting prepared

Everyone should prepare for what they need to do if they get COVID-19. Here are some steps you can take.

Getting vaccinated

Find out the easiest way you can get vaccinated.

Isolating at home

If you or someone you live with gets COVID-19 you will all need to isolate at home for 10 days. Find out what that looks like.

Share your recovery tips

Everyone has a different experience of COVID-19. What's yours? Tell us how COVID-19 affected you and your top tips for recovery.

More than 100,000 people in the greater Wellington region have had COVID-19 since the pandemic, many of them since Omicron arrived on our shores. That's a huge amount of collective knowledge when it comes to looking after yourself and your family and recovering safely.

Your experience could help someone else in our region.

You could include things like:

  • how you managed your symptoms
  • what it felt like
  • how you coped with isolation including if you had kids with COVID-19  
  • what help you received from other people to get through COVID-19

Share your tips via our Facebook page or send us a short selfie video that we can share via social media. We're pulling together some of the best tips on our Recovery Tips page.

Looking after yourself

 

For many people COVID-19 will feel like a mild to heavy cold and you're best to treat it in the same way.

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Use remedies or over the counter medications to soothe your symptoms.

This tip sheet can give you some ideas or take a look here for more info.

If your symptoms worsen and you are concerned about your health:

  • Contact your GP or iwi health provider - 8am-5pm
  • Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 afterhours

If you or a family member have difficulty breathing, feel seriously unwell or unsafe call 111 immediately and tell them you have COVID-19.

Here's a handy video with tips on making yourself as comfortable as possible while you recover.

 


Here are some quick links to websites and materials to help you and your whānau navigate COVID-19 in your whare and your community.

Mental Wellbeing

COVID-19 has been hard for us all
I whēuaua te KOWHEORI-19 ki a tātou katoa

If you need support, mental health and well-being resources are available to help you and your whānau.

Find out more at COVID19.govt.nz/mentalhealth.

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Look out for misinformation

Misinformation, scams and online harm about COVID-19 and the vaccine work against us at a time when we need to work together to beat the spread of the virus.