If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for a free treatment called monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy. The therapy, which has been approved for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA, is meant to be used ​​for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 to prevent hospitalization and complications from the virus. During treatment, patients receive a one-time outpatient IV infusion of antibodies to boost their immune system and help fight the COVID-19 infection.

How does monoclonal antibody treatment work?

Antibodies are a natural part of the body’s immune defense against infection. Monoclonal antibody treatment involves the use of lab-developed antibodies that are specifically designed to neutralize the virus that causes COVID-19, allowing the treatment to reduce the amount of virus in a person’s system. Having less virus in one’s system, or a lower viral load, can help a person infected with COVID-19 have milder symptoms, decreasing the likelihood that they will need to stay in the hospital.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Monoclonal antibody therapy is intended for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients 12 years of age or older who:

  • Have a positive COVID-19 test and had symptoms for 10 days or less
  • Are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death

Those who might be at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms include individuals:

  • 65 years or older
  • 55 years or older with heart disease, high blood pressure, or a chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or COPD
  • 12 years or older with obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or a weakened immune system

Contact your doctor, or a Community Referral Coordinator (CRC), to receive more information and find out if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you.

Where can I receive this treatment?

To find a provider offering free monoclonal antibody treatment near you, visit the RHC’s Vaccination and Treatment Map and click on the “Antibody Treatment” filter at the top of the page.

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