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Covid-19 Anti Virals

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. Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings. 

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.


Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy

4-6 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, OTAGO 9340

(03) 448 8871

Unichem Aviemore Pharmacy

5 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park, AUCKLAND 2143

(09) 535 4900

Unichem Bealey Ave Pharmacy

1/212 Bealey Ave, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8013

(03) 365 1234

Unichem Bramwells Pharmacy

232 Gladstone Road, Gisborne, EAST COAST 4010

(06) 867 1291

Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy

288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, AUCKLAND 0652

(09) 834 3067

Unichem Awapuni Pharmacy

96 College Street, Awapuni, Palmerston North, MANAWATU-WANGANUI 4412

(06) 358 1970

Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy

37 Bishopdale Court, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8543

(03) 359 8302

Unichem Broadway Pharmacy

197 Broadway, Newmarket, AUCKLAND 1023

(09) 524 7719

Unichem Apollo Pharmacy

119 Apollo Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 476 9016

Unichem Bairds Pharmacy

Unit 2, 3 Watford Street, Otara, AUCKLAND 2023

(09) 265 4920

Unichem Botany Junction Pharmacy

110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, AUCKLAND 2016

(09) 265 0748

Unichem Browns Bay Pharmacy

66 Clyde Road, North Shore, AUCKLAND 0630

(09) 478 7069

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