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.
What are monoclonal antibodies?
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that help fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Although mAb treatment is not a cure, it 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 mAbs are the right treatment for you.
You may be eligible for mAb treatment if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or were recently exposed, and are at a greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms:
- Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 7 days or been exposed to a known or likely case of COVID-19 in the past four days?
- Do you weigh more than 88 lbs and are you older than 12?
- Do you have any of these health conditions or characteristics?
- 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
- Other significant conditions determined by your provider
Talk to your health care provider to determine eligibility and receive a referral for treatment or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829) for more information.
- You test positive for COVID-19 within the last seven days or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past four days.
- If you are eligible for treatment, you receive a referral to a convenient facility, either from your own health care provider or through the self-referral process.
- The selected facility contacts you to schedule an appointment.
- mAb administration takes up to an hour with an observation time afterward.
There are dozens of facilities offering monoclonal antibody treatment in Maryland. You can browse potential locations near you. Your health care provider may also have mAb treatment on hand.
While monoclonal antibody treatment is free if you meet the requirements, there may be an administration fee. Please check with your insurance provider.
Self-referral for treatment
If you do not have a health care provider or would like to self-refer, you have several options for seeking treatment:
- You may fill out a HIPAA-compliant online referral form through MDmAbs, UMMS/BCCFH, Hatzalah, or Soleil Pharmacy.
- You may call FirstCall Medical Center at 443-459-1095 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital’s Infusion 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 or refer you to another site, based on your location.
- You may schedule a virtual appointment through eVisit. If it is determined you are eligible, you will be referred to an infusion site.