COVID-19 Therapeutics Information

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What Is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you may be wondering if there are treatments available to prevent you from getting sicker and being hospitalized. The good news is, there is a treatment called monoclonal antibody therapy available for certain people at high risk for severe illness.

The FDA has issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for a number of these monoclonal antibody treatments. These antibodies are made in a lab and can be given to a person with COVID-19 to quickly start fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19). Antibody treatments may be of little to no cost to you and are given through an IV infusion or subcutaneous injections. Depending on your age, health history, how long you’ve had symptoms of COVID-19, and other factors, you may qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment.

Monoclonal antibodies must be given within the first ten days after symptoms start and when the illness isn’t too severe. After ten days, studies have shown that your own body is making antibodies and monoclonal antibodies won’t help you recover faster. They also do not help when the symptoms are so severe that a person needs more oxygen or needs to be hospitalized.

These antibody therapies are restricted to certain high-risk patients and require a drug order (similar to a prescription) from a healthcare provider for eligible patients.

Who Qualifies for Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

Monoclonal antibody therapy is designed for people aged 12 or older that weigh at least 88 lbs (40 kg) who:

  1. Have tested positive for COVID-19, and
  2. Have mild to moderate symptoms of the disease for 10 days or less, and
  3. Are at high risk of becoming seriously ill.

See the How Do I Know If I’m High Risk, and What Do I Do Next? page on to learn more.

Additionally, some people who are at high risk for severe illness may qualify for a certain monoclonal antibody treatment before they test positive if they:

  1. Are not fully vaccinated or don’t have enough protection from the vaccine, and
  2. Have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

This is called post-exposure prophylaxis. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to see if you qualify.

I'm Considered High Risk. How Do I Get Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

If you qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment, there are three steps to get it:

  1. Test positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms that began within the past 10 days - OR - qualify for post-exposure prophylaxis.
  2. Get a referral for monoclonal antibody treatment from your healthcare provider.
    (If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can call the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center at 1-877-332-6585 to find out who to talk with about your risk and treatment.)
  3. Use the map below to locate a treatment site near you.

Texas COVID-19 Therapeutics Availability Map
Be sure to get a referral from a healthcare provider and contact the site in advance to make sure they have doses available. Most sites require an appointment.

Where Can I Learn More?

Federal and state health officials offer a number of great resources for patients and providers to learn more about monoclonal antibody therapies.

Providers or patients in need of assistance locating an infusion site or connecting with a clinical trial can call the Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Call Center at 877-332-6585.

This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated September 27, 2021