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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Care in the Community Framework (From 1 October 2023)

IMPORTANT: Please see below claiming cut off timeframes

Please read the below framework guidance carefully. 

Claiming continues to be via the POAC claiming mechanism, please use codes relevant to the period of activity being claimed.

COVID testing is now also claimed via the POAC claiming mechanism ONLY for the following scenarios:

  • Positive supervised RAT for those who meet antiviral criteria AND are physically unable to self-test.  RATs are available free from selected pharmacies.  (Alternatively, if high risk, meet antiviral criteria and exposed, treat as probable).

  • PCR testing (only for eligible patients, as per national guidance)

  • Testing CANNOT be claimed in addition to the initial COVID-19 assessment claim.  Claim for the test ONLY if not requiring COVID-19 care.


ALL COVID CARE CLAIMS UP TO 26TH SEPTEMBER 2022 MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5 NOVEMBER 2023.  From here the following schedule will be followed (no exceptions will be accepted)

  • As at 31/12/23 claims accepted from 1 December 2022

  • As at 31/01/24 claims accepted from 1 March 2023

  • As at 29/02/24 claims accepted from 1 June 2023

  • As at 31/03/24 claims accepted from 1 August 2023

  • As at 30/04/24 claims accepted from 1 November 2023

  • As at 31/05/24 claims accepted from 1 December 2023

  • As at 30/06/24 claims accepted from 1 March 2024

Primary Care Framework

National guidance for Primary Care testing and management of COVID-19 (Oct 2023)

Auckland Regional HealthPathways

For the current clinical guidance on COVID-19 testing, management and vaccines, see HealthPathway below

Advance Prescribing

For all details relating to prescribing antiviral medication for patients who are not COVID-19 positive

COVID-19 Pharmacy Claiming

COVID-19 Resources

Te Whatu Ora COVID-19 Information 

Visit the Te Whatu Ora COVID-19 website here for more information on current national guidance and funding.

Regional HealthPathway

For full clinical information on testing and management of COVID-19 view the Auckland Regional HealthPathway here

See additional clinical resources below:


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