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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

If you recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive a free monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment.

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What are monoclonal antibodies?

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Although it is not a cure, treatment may lessen the severity of symptoms and help keep high-risk patients out of the hospital.

Talk to your health care provider as soon as you test positive for COVID-19 so they can determine if monoclonal antibodies are the right treatment for you.

Learn more about monoclonal antibody treatment.

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Where treatment is available

There are dozens of facilities offering monoclonal antibody treatment in Maryland. Your healthcare provider, who can also refer you to a facility based on availability, may also have mAb treatment on hand.

You can search to find potential locations near you. Patients should coordinate with their respective physician or care provider before contacting a location to schedule an appointment.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact eVisit to schedule a virtual appointment or complete a self-referral form. If it is determined you are eligible, you will be referred to an infusion site for treatment.

For those without internet access or a healthcare provider, please contact the Maryland Department of Health-supported monoclonal antibody call center at 410-649-6122 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m). You may ask to speak with a clinician, who will review your eligibility for monoclonal antibody treatment. If you are eligible, they will either schedule you for infusion treatment at one of the state sites or refer you to another site based on your location.

Are you eligible for treatment?

You may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment if you:

  • Recently tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms
  • Were recently exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19

Not sure if you qualify? Answer the following below to find out:

  • Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 10 days?
  • Do you weigh more than 88 lbs and are you older than 12?
  • Do you have any of these health conditions or characteristics?
    • 65+
    • Overweight (BMI over 25)
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
    • Weakened immune system
    • Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
    • Cardiovascular disease/hypertension
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Medical-related technological dependence
    • Pregnant
    • Other significant conditions determined by your provider

If you answered YES to the above, you may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment. A doctor will need to confirm if you qualify.

You may also be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment to prevent COVID-19. If you have been exposed in the past four days to a known or suspected case of COVID-19, have a significant medical condition, and are in one of the following categories, you may be eligible for treatment to prevent COVID-19:

  • Are not fully vaccinated
  • Are vaccinated but not expected to have an adequate immune response to the vaccine
  • Are in a congregate living situation such as a nursing home or prison

Please note that monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for vaccination.

How treatment is initiated

  1. You test positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
  2. Eligible patients receive a referral from a healthcare provider to a convenient facility.
  3. The administration facility contacts the patient to schedule an appointment.
  4. mAb administration takes up to an hour with an observation time afterward.

While monoclonal antibody treatment is free if you meet the requirements, there may be an administration fee. Please check with your insurance provider.

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