COVID-19: Information for disabled people and their family and whānau

What you need to do to stay safe and healthy

Last updated: 7 October 2020

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This is where you will find information specifically for disabled people and their family and whānau as well as links to accessible formats.

If you are a disability or aged care provider see COVID-19: Disability and aged care providers.

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COVID-19 assessment and testing

There are new criteria for checking if a person has COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you should be assessed by your health professional. Depending on your symptoms and circumstances, you may or may not need to be tested for COVID-19. 

Read information on Assessment and testing


Getting disability support during COVID-19

For information about what disability support services are available at different Alert Levels see:


Accessible information in alternate formats

Accessible information about COVID-19 in alternate formats is available in the Resources and tools section:


Personal Protective Equipment

For information on when you should use PPE and how to use it see Personal protective equipment use in health and disability care settings.


How to get your flu vaccine

The flu can have a big impact on your health and the health of people in your community. A flu vaccine is recommended and free for people who are vulnerable and most likely to get more severe symptoms.

For more information see the Flight Flu website.


Advice for at risk disabled people

Some people such as those with underlying health conditions are more at risk of becoming very unwell from COVID-19.

For more information see Advice for higher risk people.


Be clean and careful

There are simple ways to protect yourself and others, and prevent future spread of COVID-19 - see Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.


Getting food

Information on how you can get food at different Alert Levels:


Keeping safe and well

Information on what to do if you do not feel safe:

Information on looking after your wellbeing during COVID-19:


Find the facts

Lots of people are talking about COVID-19 right now. It can be confusing when lots of people are saying different things. Make sure you get your information from official sources like the Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 website.

If people tell you new information, ask where they got it from – make sure it's official. You can use Google to check where the information is from or ask someone you trust to check if it is correct.

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