Covid antivirals

COVID-19 antivirals are medicines used to treat COVID-19 infection. They may help you become less sick and stay out of hospital.

Eligible people include:

  • Māori or Pasifika aged 50 years or older
  • everyone aged 65 years and older
  • anyone aged 50 years or older who has had fewer than 2 COVID-19 vaccinations.

You are also eligible for these medicines if you have 1 of the following:

  • A severely weakened immune system.
  • Down syndrome.
  • Sickle cell anaemia.
  • A previous admission to critical care or high dependency care because of COVID-19 infection and you have tested positive again

Any combination of 3 or more high risk medical conditions.

High-risk medical conditions include:

  • chronic lung or airways disease
  • serious heart conditions such as congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, rheumatic heart disease and congenital heart disease
  • hypertension
  • chronic neurological or neuromuscular disease
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • severe liver disease such as cirrhosis
  • severe haematological disorders
  • severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar or schizoaffective disorder
  • active cancer
  • morbid obesity — a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35
  • sickle cell disease
  • Down syndrome.

Published on: 20 December 2022