This update shares key information about the Government’s response to COVID-19. It is intended to provide consistent information across central government, local government, CDEM and the Government’s key partners. You are welcome to share this update with others.

Key things to note:
• Isolation period for cases will be reduced from 10 to 7 days.
• Third vaccine becomes available.
• Reporting both positive and negative test results on My Covid Record.
• Testing positive for COVID-19, infographics and other assets are now available.

Isolation period for cases and household contacts update | Isolation period reduced from 10 to 7 days; third vaccine becomes available |
• The isolation period for COVID-19 cases and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to seven days from 11:59pm Friday 11 March.
• Household contacts will need to have a rapid antigen test at day 3 and day 7 – or if they become symptomatic – and if the result is positive, they are required to isolate for seven days from that point.
• If a person is isolating and still has symptoms after seven days, they are advised to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

Novovax available to book from tomorrow
• While the Pfizer vaccine remains the preferred COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand, Novavax is now available for those people who would prefer or require an alternative.
For more information: COVID-19 vaccines: Getting Novavax | Ministry of Health NZ

My Covid Record Update
• People are reminded to report RAT results on My Covid Record even if negative, and please make sure everyone in all those in the same household have reported their result.
• Later this week it will become possible to report a RAT result on behalf of someone else such as family members and for children under 12 via My Covid Record.
• The self-reporting of RATs helps provide a clear picture of how the pandemic is progressing, both at a national and a regional level.

Get help using My Covid Record
If you do not have a unique email address or valid ID, or need help with My Covid Record, contact the Ministry of Health team, 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. It will help to have your NHI number ready.
Call: 0800 222 478

Information in other languages and alternate formats
• You can find a wide variety of COVID-19 information in 27 languages and 4 alternate formats on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Key information includes:
COVID-19 Our Isolation Plan
• Getting your booster dose
• Protecting your tamariki from COVID-19
• Wearing a face mask
• Testing
• Support for if you get COVID-19
• Support for individuals and families
• We will continue to update our translated information as the situation develops.