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COVID-19 Anti Viral

Selected Unichem Pharmacies are able to provide the oral COVID-19 antiviral medicines to those who meet certain eligibility criteria

Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. 

Elibility criteria can be found here. This can then be provided without the need for a prescription. This provides an additional pathway for COVID-19 positive individuals to gain access to these medicines, providing you meet eligibility criteria. If you have any questions in relation to oral COVID-19 antiviral medicines, please consult with your local Unichem or Life Pharmacy or your GP.

People can get free antiviral medicine, if:

They have just caught COVID-19 (or they are a probable case, or household contact of positive case); and their symptoms started within 5 days; AND they fit in one of these groups:

  1. Māori or Pacific people AND aged 50 years or older; or

  2. Aged 65 years or older; or

  3. Aged 50 years or older AND have not been given at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccination; 

  4. Is severely immunocompromised; or

  5. Has Down syndrome; or

  6. Has sickle cell disease; or

  7. Previously in critical care or a hospital high dependency unit because of COVID-19; or

Any age with three or more high risk medical conditions. These 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/ High blood pressure

  • 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 (BMI greater than 35)

  • sickle cell disease

  • Down syndrome.

Other notes:

Patient’s symptoms must have started within the last 5 days in order to receive the oral COVID-19 antiviral medicines nirmatrelvir with ritonavir (Paxlovid™) or molnupiravir (Lagevrio®).

Your usual healthcare provider or pharmacy will check the latest information on the Covid19 Health website as well as your overall health, before giving any antiviral medicines. These medicines may not be suitable for everyone, even if they meet eligibility criteria.

Paxlovid™ is also available to some Kiwis who do not meet the original access criteria but may still benefit from treatment. Contact your local Unichem or Life Pharmacy to find out if you're eligible for Paxlovid™

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445 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 627 5912

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95 Ashby Avenue, St Heliers, AUCKLAND 1071

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(09) 528 7518

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2/110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 570 5820

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193 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 527 7514

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

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2 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, AUCKLAND 1025

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(09) 846 6552

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4/627 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 276 9112

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73 Church Street, Onehunga, AUCKLAND 1061

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(09) 634 6744

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461 Great South Road, Otahuhu, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 276 4450

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792 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND 1023

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(09) 625 7488

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7/507 Great South Road, Otahuhu, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 270 3880

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Cnr Line Road & Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 528 5117

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