What are antivirals?
Antiviral medications reduce the risk of severe disease, hospital admission and death. They may also reduce the risk of you passing on COVID to your household.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive antiviral treatment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and meet the eligibility criteria.
How can I access antivirals?
Antiviral medications are available for COVID-19 positive people at risk of severe disease.
You may now be eligible to access antiviral medication. Click here to see full eligibility details.
People with a high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 can get medicine to help them stay well.
There are medicines to:
• treat COVID-19 symptoms if you get infected
• reduce your chances of getting COVID-19
• COVID-19 medicines do not replace vaccination.
Only people most likely to need hospital care can get COVID-19 medicines.
This includes people who:
• are aged 70 and over
• are aged 50 and over with certain health conditions (or 30 if they're Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
• have a weakened immune system, disability or are born with heart disease.
If you are eligible, treatment needs to start as soon as possible within 5 days of your symptoms starting.
Children with significant medical comorbidities and pregnant women are also advised to contact their GP.
The best way to quickly get access to this medication is by arranging a tele-health appointment with your GP and discussing this with them. Prior to becoming unwell, the Barwon South West Public Health Unit also recommends discussing your COVID treatment plan with your GP, should you be diagnosed with COVID.
If you are unable to contact your GP, you can contact a Respiratory Clinic for a telehealth appointment on (03) 9975 8401.
For any other concerns phone 1300 942 241.