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Information for Pacific Peoples

There are a number of Pacific people with the Delta variant of COVID-19. This means you might live with, go to church or work closely with people who have COVID-19, or have been to a location of interest.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 to you, your family and your community it is important you follow advice from health professionals.

If you need help anytime call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453

Visit Unite against COVID-19 for more information and translated resources.

If you test positive for COVID-19 your doctor or a health professional will get in touch. You will need to:

  • go home and self-isolate immediately, and make sure others in your home do the same 
  • stay away from others in your house if you can, to reduce the risk of giving them COVID-19

You'll need to stay home for at least 14 days. A health professional will tell you when you can finish isolating and return to your normal life, following a final check of your symptoms.

While isolating you and your family will receive regular calls from a health professional to check you’re okay. They’ll also help you get any essential items you may need.

If you can’t isolate safely at home you may need to go to a Managed Quarantine (MIQ) facility.

 

Close contacts may live with someone who has COVID-19, or been in the same place at the same time as someone who is infectious with COVID-19.

If you are a close contact you’ll receive regular calls from a health professional to make sure you are safe and have everything you need.

If you are told you are a close contact you will need to:

  1. Stay home for at least 10 days, or at least 24 days if you live with someone with COVID-19
  2. Get tested immediately, and then as asked to by a health professional
  3. Tell health staff about any essential items you need, such as food or groceries
  4. Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and get tested again if any develop

The length of time you need to stay home will depend on whether or not you live with the person who has COVID-19. A health professional will provide more advice on what you need to do.

For more information:

If you are told you need to stay at home and 'self-isolate' you:

  • Should not leave your house for any reason, except for medical reasons. Do not get vaccinated, go to work or to the shops.
  • Should stay away from the other people you live with at home. This will help to protect them from getting sick. Try and keep out of rooms where other people are and practice good hygiene.
  • Can call Healthline for free advice on 0800 358 5453. This service is available 24/7 and interpreters are available if English is not your first language.

More information on self-isolating is available from the Ministry of Health

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test immediately. Common symptoms include:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Signs of a head cold (runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, headache)
  • Fever

 

Less common symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • malaise — a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain
  • joint pain
  • confusion or irritability.

 

You can get tested at:

  • Your family doctors. Call ahead first to find out if you need a test and follow their advice. 
  • A Community Testing Centre 

For more information call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 (for international SIMS). Healthline is a free service available 24/7. If English is not your first language you can request an interpreter.

Family support

Pasifika Futures are referring Pacific families who need to access a COVID-19 support package to a supporting agency.

Call your local provider to see if you are eligible for support.

 

Whānau Ora

If you need a Whānau Ora Family Support Package contact one of our partners.

The Fono: Feleoko Food Hub

The Village Community Services Trust

Mount Wellington Integrated Health Centre

More support providers are available at Unite against COVID-19.

Everyone in in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

To get vaccinated you can:

If you test positive for COVID-19 your doctor or a health professional will get in touch. You will need to:

  • go home and self-isolate immediately, and make sure others in your home do the same 
  • stay away from others in your house if you can, to reduce the risk of giving them COVID-19

You'll need to stay home for at least 14 days. A health professional will tell you when you can finish isolating and return to your normal life, following a final check of your symptoms.

While isolating you and your family will receive regular calls from a health professional to check you’re okay. They’ll also help you get any essential items you may need.

If you can’t isolate safely at home you may need to go to a Managed Quarantine (MIQ) facility.

 

Close contacts may live with someone who has COVID-19, or been in the same place at the same time as someone who is infectious with COVID-19.

If you are a close contact you’ll receive regular calls from a health professional to make sure you are safe and have everything you need.

If you are told you are a close contact you will need to:

  1. Stay home for at least 10 days, or at least 24 days if you live with someone with COVID-19
  2. Get tested immediately, and then as asked to by a health professional
  3. Tell health staff about any essential items you need, such as food or groceries
  4. Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and get tested again if any develop

The length of time you need to stay home will depend on whether or not you live with the person who has COVID-19. A health professional will provide more advice on what you need to do.

For more information:

If you are told you need to stay at home and 'self-isolate' you:

  • Should not leave your house for any reason, except for medical reasons. Do not get vaccinated, go to work or to the shops.
  • Should stay away from the other people you live with at home. This will help to protect them from getting sick. Try and keep out of rooms where other people are and practice good hygiene.
  • Can call Healthline for free advice on 0800 358 5453. This service is available 24/7 and interpreters are available if English is not your first language.

More information on self-isolating is available from the Ministry of Health

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test immediately. Common symptoms include:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Signs of a head cold (runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, headache)
  • Fever

 

Less common symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • malaise — a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain
  • joint pain
  • confusion or irritability.

 

You can get tested at:

  • Your family doctors. Call ahead first to find out if you need a test and follow their advice. 
  • A Community Testing Centre 

For more information call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 (for international SIMS). Healthline is a free service available 24/7. If English is not your first language you can request an interpreter.

Family support

Pasifika Futures are referring Pacific families who need to access a COVID-19 support package to a supporting agency.

Call your local provider to see if you are eligible for support.

 

Whānau Ora

If you need a Whānau Ora Family Support Package contact one of our partners.

The Fono: Feleoko Food Hub

The Village Community Services Trust

Mount Wellington Integrated Health Centre

More support providers are available at Unite against COVID-19.

Everyone in in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

To get vaccinated you can:

Last updated 14.12.2021

For health advice call Healthline for free anytime on 0800 611 116
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