While vaccines are at the heart of ending the pandemic, COVID-19 treatments known as monoclonal antibodies are also available and have the potential to save lives and relieve burden on our nation’s health care system.
Monoclonal antibodies can be used to treat eligible, non-hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms. These treatments mimic our immune system’s response to SARS-CoV-2 (the infection that causes COVID-19) and are available to eligible patients 12 years and older with a high risk of progressing to severe forms of COVID-19 or being hospitalized.
WCRx Health will come to your home and administer these Monoclonal Antibodies Free of charge to eligible patients.
- Are hospitalized due to COVID-19, OR
- Require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19, OR
- Require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 for those on chronic
oxygen therapy due to an underlying non-COVID-19 related comorbidity
Monoclonal antibody therapy is given through intravenous (IV) infusion. These infusions are given in home and require about an hour to administer, followed by an hour of observation and monitoring.
Subcutaneous Injection. Subcutaneous means under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle.
In short, you will receive a shot.
One possible side effect of monoclonal antibody therapy is an allergic reaction.
These reactions typically only occur during infusion or soon after, and your WCRx care team will closely monitor for any signs of an allergic reaction. However, because an infusion reaction can also be delayed, contact WCRx or your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following signs of an allergic reaction:
Because there's very limited data regarding how this therapy affects pregnant women and unborn babies, the risk of this new therapy may outweigh the benefits in some cases. If you are high risk and develop COVID-19 while pregnant or breastfeeding, it's important to discuss your treatment options and your specific situation with your doctor.
After receiving monoclonal antibody therapy, it's recommended that you wait 90 days before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you already received the first dose of vaccine before monoclonal antibody therapy, current CDC guidelines recommend you wait 90 days before receiving the second dose.
There is no cost for monoclonal antibody treatment if you meet eligibility.
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