COVID antivirals

Information for community

Oral antiviral medicines allow people at risk of progressing to severe disease to receive treatment for COVID-19 in their own homes. People who have tested positive to COVID-19 are encouraged to check their eligibility for antiviral treatments and/or speak to their doctor. People who are eligible for COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments include:

  • People 70 years and older (where treatment is commenced within five days of symptom onset, or as soon as possible if no symptoms but test positive)
  • People 50 years and older with two additional risk factors
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 30 years or older and with one additional risk factor
  • People with chronic respiratory issues due to conditions such as COPD, moderate or severe asthma.

To check eligibility criteria, click here. To access antiviral treatments, speak to your GP. Eligible people will receive a prescription.

Information for primary health care providers

Practices and pharmacies are encouraged to proactively identify at-risk patients and put plans in place to support their access to timely care, including antiviral and other early therapies if they contract COVID-19, influenza or other respiratory viruses. To access a list of local pharmacies click on the buttons below (last updated 29 August 2022).


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Page last updated 21 November 2022