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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

What Is Monoclonal Antibody Treatment and Who Can Get It?

Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made antibodies that can be administered to prevent serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody treatment is given through subcutaneous injection or infusion, depending on the type of treatment administered. Vaccinated and unvaccinated people may be eligible.

A referral from your physician is required for monoclonal antibody treatment.

Due to limited supplies of monoclonal antibody treatment medications, individuals must meet the following criteria for referral:

  • Be 12 years of age or older
  • Weigh at least 88 pounds
  • Have had symptoms for 10 days or less or tested positive for COVID-19 no more than 10 days ago
  • Do not require hospitalization
  • Are immunocompromised. Immunocompromised is defined as someone who has:
    • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years, or taking immunosuppressive therapy
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge Syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs
  • Or are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (including missing booster) and are at high risk of severe complications from COVID-19 due to any of the following:
    • Age 65 or older
    • Racial or ethnic minority
    • People with disabilities
    • Cancer not meeting immunosuppressed definition
    • Chronic kidney, liver or lung disease
    • Dementia or neurological condition
    • Diabetes (Type 1 or 2)
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions (cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure)
    • HIV not meeting immunosuppressed definition
    • Mental health conditions
    • Obesity or being overweight
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
    • Smoker
    • Stroke
    • Substance use disorder
    • Tuberculosis

Some people who are not COVID positive may also be eligible to receive preventive monoclonal antibody treatment after being exposed to the virus if:

  • They are immunocompromised
  • Or are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (including missing booster) and have at least one of the risk factors listed above

Appointments are required for monoclonal antibody treatment. The treatment is administered at the Washington Regional COVID-19 Testing Clinic at 3318 N. Northhills Blvd. in Fayetteville.