Blind Citizens NZ is available at all times, including when COVID-19 imposes strict limitations. Taking this approach enables us to function as routinely as we can regardless of the circumstances within which we may be required to operate. We can work from our office when we are unable to work from home and therefore be available for our members and anyone else from the blind community. We continue to work with Government and disability sector colleagues, providing advice with respect to current and emerging situations involving all aspects of COVID-19.

We can be contacted by phone on 0800 222 6940, or by email

We encourage you to check out the range of COVID-19 and Vaccination information available here. For face masks, unless you are exempt, these are required in both Red and Orange settings. We include the most recent which sets out guidance and context for businesses and the general public about people who are exempt from wearing face coverings, and updates to when these must be worn.

For each of the COVID-19 items, we do our utmost to provide the full suite of blindness alternate formats: Braille, Audio, and Large Print.

On this page

> How to get a Rapid Antigen Test
> How to use a Rapid Antigen Test
> How to report your Rapid Antigen Test Results
> Services and Support Contacts
> The COVID-19 virus and symptoms
> What happens if you test positive for COVID-19
> Delta Variant
> Help while you’re self-isolating
> Isolating at home
> Wearing a Face Mask
> Masks and Face Coverings
> COVID-19 Testing
> Testing for COVID-19

AstraZeneca Vaccine

Submitted: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Categories: COVID-19

Find out more about the AstraZeneca Vaccine here.

Pfizer Vaccine

Categories: COVID-19

Find out more about the Pfizer Vaccine here

How to report your Rapid Antigen Test Results

Submitted: Monday, March 14, 2022
Categories: COVID-19

Your RATs should be reported if you test positive or negative. You can do this online or by phone. The information you need is here.

How to use a Rapid Antigen Test

Categories: COVID-19

Rapid Antigen Tests can be taken by yourself or under supervision. You’ll find great information here about how to use the RAT.

How to get a Rapid Antigen Test

Categories: COVID-19

Rapid Antigen Tests are available to members of the public for free if they develop symptoms or are household contacts of a case. More information here about how to get a RAT.

What happens if you test positive for COVID-19

Submitted: Friday, March 11, 2022
Categories: COVID-19

We all need to know what to expect if testing positive for COVID-19 and what this involves. Testing positive is nothing to be embarrassed about — it can happen to anyone. COVID-19 doesn’t care who it infects.

The COVID-19  virus and symptoms

Categories: COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It affects your lungs, airways and other organs. Coronaviruses are from a large family of viruses that cause illnesses. The virus has mutated over time as it adapted to humans. This document contains useful information so do have a read.

Wearing a face mask

Categories: COVID-19

Wearing a face mask: Face masks are one way we can protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. You will find information here about when you should wear a face mask during Red and Orange, and situations where you do not need to wear one. There are people who are exempt from wearing a face mask […]

Testing for COVID-19

Submitted: Monday, February 28, 2022
Categories: COVID-19

You will find information about what happens when you get a COVID-19 test reading the information we have via Audio, Large Print, or if you have a Braille device then the Braille Ready Format will be for you. 

COVID-19 Testing

Categories: COVID-19

Useful information about getting tested, the different tests used in New Zealand, where you can be tested and remember, testing is free. 

Covid-19 Updates

Submitted: Sunday, January 9, 2022
Categories: COVID-19, Issues, News and Events

In this COVID-19 Updates (MS Word and PDF), you will find the following important information: Life at Orange. Life at Red. What happens if you test positive for COVID-19? Is your household ready if someone gets COVID-19? Travel within New Zealand

The Delta Variant of COVID-19

Submitted: Monday, September 20, 2021
Categories: COVID-19

For information about the Delta Variant of COVID-19, you can access this information via the format that best works for you. We have files for Audio, Large Print, and Braille Ready Format (for use by blind people with a Braille device)

Isolating at home

Submitted: Friday, March 11, 2022
Categories: COVID-19

Learn more about when you need to isolate and for how long, and what self-isolation involves.

Help while you’re self-isolating

Categories: COVID-19

 If you need help while self-isolating  including medical and financial assistance, you’ll learn more about what is available and how to access assistance.

Services and Support Contact Details

Submitted: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Categories: COVID-19

Knowing who to contact and how to do so for services and support during COVID-19, is important. Here you will find information ranging from emergencies and medical supplies to others such as about employment-related matters, animal welfare etc. You can select the file that best meets your informational needs from: Audio, Large Print, or Braille […]

Isolation advice for COVID-19 Contacts

Categories: COVID-19

As we unite to combat COVID-19, there will be times people will be asked to isolate. This is to keep the community safe, and will happen when you are in contact with a COVID-19 case. What you need to do depends on your risk of passing the virus to others. Information available here talks about […]

Places of Interest

Submitted: Monday, September 20, 2021
Categories: COVID-19

When there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, the Ministry of Health will update their website and identify locations where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been. These are known as ‘Locations of interest’. You can find out how to stay abreast of this information from either the Audio or Large Print files provided here. 

NZ COVID Tracer App

Categories: COVID-19

The NZ COVID Tracer app helps you protect yourself, your whānau, and your community by enabling faster contact tracing. You’ll find information here in Large Print, Audio, and Braille Ready Format File for blind people with a Braille device. You will also read about the Bluetooth Tracer App video which is audio described for blind […]

Masks and Face Coverings

Categories: COVID-19

This document is intended to give clear guidance on the wearing of face coverings in public settings. Guidance is targeted at the three main groups of people affected by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 requirement for the use of face coverings and includes consideration of people who have a physical or […]

COVID-19 March 2020-December 2020

Submitted: Friday, March 20, 2020
Categories: COVID-19

 The following COVID-19 information is being reviewed for accuracy We will endeavour to provide regular COVID-19 updates to help keep you informed. This includes where necessary, redirecting you to official websites. This means information you need, is always up-to-date. There is a dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information. The Healthline is […]