Prepare for summer
Check your vaccinations
Keep up to date with your vaccinations, including boosters, before you go on holiday. Māori and Pacific people aged 40 and over can now get the second booster.
Have enough RATs to test everyone in your whānau over the holidays and take some with you if you are travelling. Order them online or by phone and pick them up from collection sites around the motu.
Stay safe over summer
Protect yourself and others
To avoid infection and reinfection from COVID-19, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Stay home if you are sick, limit your time in crowded indoor spaces, and eat outdoors when possible.
Wear a face mask
Always carry a face mask with you and wear it in crowded indoor spaces. You must wear a face mask when visiting healthcare services. You can get free face masks when you pick up RATs.
If you have COVID-19
If you have symptoms take a test immediately. If it is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days. Report your RAT and find out what else you need to do if you have COVID-19.
If you get COVID-19 while travelling
If you get symptoms while away from home, take a RAT immediately. Do not wait to get home. If you test positive, you will need to isolate where you are or drive home.
How to self-isolate
If you are sick do not travel or take part in events or activities. Find out what you need to do when self-isolating, including reasons you are permitted to leave self-isolation.
Get help over summer
- Call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for free COVID health advice anytime, even on public holidays.
- For any other non-urgent health concerns, call the general Healthline number on 0800 611 116 for free.
- Check the holiday hours of your usual doctor or health provider.
- Call the COVID-19 disability helpline for free on 0800 11 12 13 or text 8988. It can help with vaccines, testing, face mask exemptions, managing COVID-19, and any other health concerns you may have. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Hospital emergency departments and most urgent care clinics remain open. If it is an emergency, always call 111.
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