Vaccines

You do not have to wait to get your COVID-19 vaccination. There are many places around New Zealand where you can get vaccinated without an appointment.

Use the interactive map on the Karawhiua website to find a vaccination centre near you.

To find walk-in and drive-through centres, choose your location, the day that suits you and ‘Vax now’ as your appointment type.

  • Food

The OUSA Student Support Food Bank is available to students who are facing hardship and unable to acquire groceries. During Level 4 and Level 3 lockdown, a foodbank may be requested by filling out this form

A special thank you for supporting OUSA Student Support Foodbank over lockdown. 

  • Hardship

The OUSA Student Support Hardship Fund is available for students to apply for if they are experiencing significant and acute financial hardship. Each application is considered by a panel who expect to provide your response within 48 hours. The university’s Putea Tautoko Student Relief Fund is able to provide larger grants to students affected by COVID-19 and can be applied to through eVision.

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  • If you have concerns about your flatting situation, please get in touch with us. We are experts in everything related to flatting so can support you through any situation. Please contact us on 0800 12 10 23 or help@ousa.org.nz.” or book an appointment {insert link to Hub appointment booking}
  • Safety

If you are in an unsafe place or are worried about someone, whether it’s due to your living situation, relationship or something else, please reach out as we are still here to help; OUSA student support: help@ousa.org.nz, 0800121023, book an appointment, Proctors Office/Campus Watch (24/7) 0800 479 5000, Police: 111

  • Wellbeing

We know lockdown can be tough, and everyone will be experiencing it in different ways and facing their own challenges, we are here for you no problems are too big or too small, even if you just need to chat; OUSA Student Support: help@ousa.org.nz, 0800 12 10 23, book an appointment . Student Health: 0800 479 821, University Chaplains: chaplains@otago.ac.nz maori.chaplain@otago.ac.nz muslimchaplaincy@otago.ac.nz.

Additional testing requirements for students returning from Auckland

Following new advice from Public Health South, and given the additional risks presented by the Delta variant of COVID-19, we are requiring any students returning to Dunedin from Auckland to take a further COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving (a ‘day 1’ test), and then to take a final test five days after arriving in Dunedin. This is in addition to the pre-departure test needed within 72 hours of leaving Auckland.

For example, if you are leaving Auckland at 12pm on Friday, 1 October you will be required to have:

  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken after 12pm on Tuesday, 28 September and before your departure on Friday, 1 October
  • A second ‘day 1’ test on either Friday, 1 October or Saturday, 2 October
  • A third, post-arrival ‘day 5’ test on Wednesday, 7 October

This additional testing is required to keep our students, our staff, and our community safe from COVID-19. Students who have arrived back to University-owned accommodation should let their head of college know upon arrival.

Students who have already arrived back in Dunedin from Auckland should arrange to get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

All students returning from Auckland should register online if they haven’t done so already. You can register here.

COVID-19 testing is available from Student Health Services. To arrange a test, email student-health@otago.ac.nz, including your student ID number and preferred contact number and someone will call you back to book your appointment.

Student Health will be open for testing from 11am – 1pm this Saturday (2 October) and Sunday (3 October).

When contacting Student Health, it is important to let them know if you are symptomatic to ensure they can give you the correct advice.

Although we are only requiring students who have returned to the Dunedin campus from Auckland to have these additional tests, we strongly recommend that all students returning to any of our campuses or placements from Auckland get a test within 24 hours of arriving and a test five days after that arrival date. Students outside of Dunedin can arrange a test by contacting Healthline or their GP. COVID-19 testing is free.

Testing

We need to assume the virus is in our community across the country, on our campuses and in our University community.

Anyone who has symptoms must get tested – the health and wellbeing of the University and our wider community depends on this.

To get tested:

Please phone 0800 VIRUS19 0800 847 8719 – a new centralised call service and free phone number helping streamline assessment and free testing for COVID‑19 in the Southern region (Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown).

Masks

Students are able to access mask supplies through the Campus Watch Main Reception on campus. Available 24/7, appointments are not required. If you can’t collect a mask physically but require one call Campus Watch at 0800 4795000. It is mandatory to wear these when visiting any essential services (including OUSA Student Support), including supermarkets and pharmacies. Please stay within your bubble, scan in and maintain a 2-meter distance to anyone else you come across.