What is monoclonal antibody treatment?
Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses like the coronavirus. Monoclonal antibodies attack the virus and reduce its ability to spread through your body. Monoclonal antibody treatments are not new and, in the case of COVID-19, the FDA has allowed their use under Emergency Use Authorization for treatment.
Who should receive this treatment?
Children and adults over the age of 12 who have begun to feel sick within the past 10 days, who have tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of being vaccinated or not) and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 illness. Learn more about eligibility for monoclonal antibody treatment.
Where can I get monoclonal antibody treatment?
UF Health Gainesville
- You must be evaluated by your primary care provider first.
- After the evaluation, to schedule an appointment with the monoclonal antibody clinic please call 352.647.0000.
- Please do not go to area emergency rooms for monoclonal antibody treatment.
State of Florida
The state has also established monoclonal antibody treatment facilities. The closest location to Gainesville is in High Springs:
16916 NW U.S. Highway 441
High Springs, FL 32643
Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/monoclonal-antibody-therapy for more information or to make an appointment.
Is there a cost for this treatment?
At the High Springs facility run by the state of Florida, the treatment is provided free of charge.
How is the treatment given to patients? How long does it take?
There are two treatment options: an injection series or by intravenous, or IV, infusion. Depending on the treatment, it may take up to 20 minutes to receive. After, you will be observed for one hour. A typical appointment can last up to two hours.