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What you need to know 

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.

If you are a close contact, please read the information below, and go here for other frequently asked questions.

If you have COVID-19 and have to go to an MIQ or quarantine facility, information on what to take with you is here

When you've recovered from COVID-19 you will be able to leave quarantine. This is information you need to know: When you recover (PDF). It is also available in Samoan and Tongan. You may like to share this with your household, family and whānau, or the place where you work.

I’m a close contact, what do I have to do?

There are 4 things you need to do if you are a close contact.

  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 says you are cleared.
  2. Get tested – immediately and on Day 5 and Day 12. Your local testing centres are listed here or on the Prepare Pacific site or Facebook
  3. Make sure your family stays away from others until you get a negative test result
  4. Tell Public Health about anything you need so you and your family can remain at home and protect others.

Go to this link for more information https://www.arphs.health.nz/public-health-topics/covid-19/for-cases-and-contacts/

Translated information on what to do if you are a close contact is here.

For further information and updates go to Prepare Pacific or Unite Against COVID-19.

What does self-isolation mean?

You must stay away from the other people you live with at home. This will help protect them from getting sick. Do not leave your house for any reason, except to get tested. If you are unwell call Healthline free on 0800 358 5453 for advice. Do not get vaccinated, or go to work or to the shops. Try and keep out of rooms where other people are. For more information about self-isolation visit https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/covid-19-self-isolation-managed-isolation-quarantine

You cannot get vaccinated if you are in self-isolation. Family members over the age of 12 years can be vaccinated, provided they are not in isolation.

  • If you are a close contact you can have your vaccination AFTER you have completed 14 days of self-isolation as long as you returned a negative test and are symptom free.
  • If you have COVID-19 you can get a vaccination 4 weeks after you leave the MIQ or quarantine facility.

You can go to a vaccination centre or drive through or ring the Pacific vaccination line 0800 21 12 21. Or ring the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 282926. You can also book online https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/

If you have symptoms you need to get a test for COVID-19 

If you have one of the following symptoms get tested immediately:

  • 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

Where to get tested:

  • Get tested at your family doctor - You MUST call ahead to find out if you need a test and follow their advice. 
  • Get tested at a Community Testing Centre - view the list here (this will be updated routinely)

You can call Healthline for health advice on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

Vaccination after recovering from COVID-19

Even though you’ve just recovered from COVID-19, it’s a good idea to make sure you complete your COVID-19 vaccination, with at least 2 doses of the vaccine. This is because some people can get COVID-19 again, and the vaccination helps prevent this. 

What if I haven’t had any COVID-19 vaccine yet?

  • You should get your first vaccination 4 weeks from the date you left MIQ or quarantine facility, and then the second vaccination 6 weeks after the date of your first vaccination.

What if I had 1 dose of the vaccine before I got COVID-19?

  • You should get your second vaccination 4 weeks from the date you left MIQ or quarantine facility. 

What if I had 2 doses of the vaccine before I got COVID-19?

  • If you’ve already had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine you don’t need another one yet. 

How can I book a vaccination?

Information is also available here:

https://covid.immune.org.nz/faq/if-you-had-virus-and-recovered-will-you-still-be-able-or-need-get-vaccine

Downloadable resources:

 

Last updated 16.9.2021

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