RAT Tests

RAT tests are available from these locations:

  • Marlborough Health Hub 8.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
    Free RAT tests to the public.
  • Marlborough Urgent Care Centre 8am – 5pm Monday to Sunday.
    Free RAT tests available & PCR testing.
  • Marlborough Pharmacies have RAT tests available.

For more information visit healthpoint.


Only people who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days. Household contacts are recommended to take a RAT test every day for five days. So long as they test negative, they will be able to go about daily life as normal. 

Anti-viral medicines will be available for free to any New Zealander 65 and over who tests positive for COVID-19. For Māori and Pacific peoples, these medicines will be available for free to anyone aged 50 and over. In addition, anyone with three high-risk conditions is eligible for free anti-viral medicines.  


Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs)

The Unite against COVID-19 website has more information on how to use a RAT test, when you should get a test, what you need to do if you test positive or are a probable case, and how to report your RAT results.

The following resources show if you need a test, how to take a RAT and how to report your RAT result.

Information and resources on RATs are also available in different languages

If you have already tested positive, you do not need to have another test before you end your isolation period.

A positive RAT result does not need to be confirmed by a PCR test, unless you are advised to do so. 

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home until they are well. We also encourage people to continue to wear masks, physically distance where possible and maintain good hand hygiene.


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For more information visit healthpoint.

Would you like to make an appointment?

To book online Book My Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Pfizer vaccine (12+ years)
  • Novavax vaccine (18+ years)
  • Anyone currently eligible can access
  • Make an appointment
  • No appointment required
  • Walk in

Everyone in New Zealand, aged 5 and over is eligible for their free COVID-19 vaccine.

Aged 5-11 years

Walk-ins are available for tamariki aged between 5-11 years.

Aged 18 and over

Everyone in New Zealand, aged 18 and over who completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination course at least three months ago, is eligible for the COVID-19 Pfizer booster. The Pfizer vaccine is the primary vaccine being used in New Zealand for booster doses, even if you had a different vaccine for your earlier doses.

Where to get your vaccine

For local vaccination options in Nelson Marlborough, you can choose between:

AstraZeneca vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine is only available at the Blenheim Vaccination Centre.

Novavax Vaccine

The Novavax vaccine is available at Pharmacies.

Walk ins are available subject to availability of the vaccine on the day.

Flu vaccinations also available at this site. Tamariki ages 3-12years can now get a free flu vaccination.

A second booster is recommended for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – a minimum of 6 months after a first booster. For those who are not considered at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a two-dose primary course and a booster dose provides very good protection against severe illness from COVID-19.

The following people are recommended to receive a second booster as a priority: 

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over
  • residents of aged care and disability care facilities
  • severely immunocompromised people who received a three-dose primary course and a fourth dose as a first booster (noting this would be a fifth dose for these people)
  • people aged 16 years and over who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe breakthrough COVID-19 illness and
  • people aged 16 years and over who live with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities.

In addition, a second booster is available for:

  • all people aged over 50 years
  • health, aged care and disability workers aged over 30 years.

You can book an appointment for a booster dose through Book My Vaccine from Tuesday 28 June 2022, or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).