Students at higher risk of the effects of COVID-19

If you are at risk of the effects of COVID-19, the University wants to ensure you are aware of services available and able to fully participate in your studies.

We understand that this continues to be a worrying time for all students, particularly those with high health needs. If you have a medical condition or compromised immunity, we strongly recommend that you discuss your health needs with your GP, nurse or specialist and create a personal support plan. Mauri Ora, our on-campus Student Health and Counselling service, can support you in doing this.

Protecting yourself and those around you

Vaccination is an important step in protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, and people who are at risk are particularly encouraged to get their booster. Mauri Ora have closed their COVID-19 vaccination clinic due to low demand, however you can book at sites across Wellington using the bookmyvaccine website.

As well as getting vaccinated, the Unite against COVID-19 website recommends taking precautions such as keeping a safe distance away from people you do not live with, wearing a face mask whenever you leave home, asking friends or whānau who do not live with you to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) before they visit, avoiding crowds, and using livestream or remote options for events and activities if you feel more comfortable participating from home.  Read more advice for people considered at higher risk of the effects of COVID-19.

Communicating your needs

We suggest that you communicate your needs to those closest to you, to help limit your potential exposure to COVID-19. For example:

  • If you connect with others in person, ask them to wear a mask at all times when around you.
  • If you connect with others remotely, encourage them to keep engaging with you in this way as our social connections are vital for our wellbeing.
  • If you are studying remotely and experience barriers to this, name them to your course coordinator and ask for your needs to be met. Te Amaru-Disability Services can assist you with this.

Prepare information to share with medical professionals in case you need to access health support either for COVID-19 or your existing health needs. You want to ensure they have the best information quickly to assist them with their decision making. Have a copy on your phone and print a few copies if that’s easy.

  • NHI number
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Emergency name and contact information
  • Specialist name and contact information
  • Any disability related needs that you have.

If you need medical attention assume you may be waiting a long time. Pack a bag if you can, include:

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Medication
  • Your basic info (above)
  • Warm clothes
  • Cell and charger
  • Something to distract yourself e.g. book, game, puzzles, headphones.


Teaching and learning is being delivered in-person and online – find out more. Contact your course coordinator if you have any concerns about your programme of study.

If you are choosing or need to study remotely, Student Learning has online resources to support you.


If you are considered to be at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, talk to your employer about doing a risk assessment in your workplace. If you can’t safely work, and can’t work from home, agree what your leave from work and pay will be with your employer.

You can find about financial support from Work and Income, or call their free COVID Welfare Line on 0800 512 337. The University also has financial support available to you.

University services

There are a number of services you can access across the University to support you. These include: