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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 public health advice.

More information, including translated resources, is also available at Unite against COVID-19. Information packs are also available in Samoan and Tongan.

If you test positive for COVID-19 your doctor or public health staff will get in touch. They will explain what it means to have COVID-19 and what you are required to do. You will have to go to a Managed Isolation or Quarantine (MIQ) facility so you don’t spread COVID-19 to others. Your family or household may be able to go with you too.

  • Learn more about going to an MIQ facility (PDF), including how to prepare and what to take. This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.
  • Once you've recovered from COVID-19 and no longer risk infecting others you will be allowed to leave quarantine. Learn more about recovering from COVID-19 (PDF). This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.

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

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

  1. Stay at home, away from others in your household, and follow public health advice. You need to stay at home until you have had at least two negative test results, and public health staff say you no longer have to self-isolate.
  2. Get tested – immediately, and then again 5 and 12 days after you were last exposed to COVID-19.
  3. Make sure your family stays at home until you get a negative test result 5 days after you were last exposed to COVID-19.
  4. Tell public health staff about anything you need so you and your family can remain at home and protect others. 

 

For more information:

If you are told you are a ‘close’ or ‘casual plus’ contact you will need to self-isolate at home:

  • During this time you should not leave your house for any reason, except to get tested. Do not get vaccinated, go to work or to the shops.
  • You must also 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.
  • If you feel unwell 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 need to 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 12 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:

Learn more about getting vaccinated (PDF). This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.

If you test positive for COVID-19 your doctor or public health staff will get in touch. They will explain what it means to have COVID-19 and what you are required to do. You will have to go to a Managed Isolation or Quarantine (MIQ) facility so you don’t spread COVID-19 to others. Your family or household may be able to go with you too.

  • Learn more about going to an MIQ facility (PDF), including how to prepare and what to take. This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.
  • Once you've recovered from COVID-19 and no longer risk infecting others you will be allowed to leave quarantine. Learn more about recovering from COVID-19 (PDF). This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.

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

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

  1. Stay at home, away from others in your household, and follow public health advice. You need to stay at home until you have had at least two negative test results, and public health staff say you no longer have to self-isolate.
  2. Get tested – immediately, and then again 5 and 12 days after you were last exposed to COVID-19.
  3. Make sure your family stays at home until you get a negative test result 5 days after you were last exposed to COVID-19.
  4. Tell public health staff about anything you need so you and your family can remain at home and protect others. 

 

For more information:

If you are told you are a ‘close’ or ‘casual plus’ contact you will need to self-isolate at home:

  • During this time you should not leave your house for any reason, except to get tested. Do not get vaccinated, go to work or to the shops.
  • You must also 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.
  • If you feel unwell 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 need to 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 12 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:

Learn more about getting vaccinated (PDF). This factsheet is also available in Samoan and Tongan.

Last updated 12.10.2021

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