CMC offers COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion as an early treatment for COVID-19. This treatment is used to prevent the infection from getting worse and keep people from needing to go into the hospital. Treatment is by appointment only.
What is a monoclonal antibody infusion?
An infusion is when you get medicines or fluids through a needle or catheter. In this case, the infusion contains proteins called monoclonal antibodies that help the body fight COVID-19.
So far, we have treated more than 850 patients with COVID-19 at high risk for going into the hospital. Of those, only about 2.8% have needed to go into the hospital, compared to about 9% of such patients who have not had COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment. Fewer than 1% of high-risk patients who receive monoclonal antibodies eventually die of COVID-19.
The infusion provided is:
- Bamlanivimab + Etesevimab
Can I come to your clinic for a monoclonal antibody infusion?
You must have an appointment. And these things must be true:
- You’ve tested positive for COVID-19, but you’re not in the hospital.
- Your first signs of COVID-19 infection started 10 days ago or less.
- You’re at least 12 years old and at risk of a severe COVID-19 infection that could put you in the hospital because:
- You’re 65 years old or older.
- You’re 12 to 64 years old and you:
- have a medical problem that suppresses your immune system or you take immune-suppressing medicine.
- have diabetes.
- have kidney disease.
- are overweight with a body mass index of 25 or higher.
- have heart or lung disease.
- have high blood pressure.
- have sickle cell disease.
- have a neurodevelopmental disorder (such as cerebral palsy) or other medically complex conditions such as genetic conditions or metabolic syndrome.
- are dependent on a medical technology (such as tracheostomy, feeding tube, or positive pressure ventilation not related to COVID-19)
- are pregnant.
If you have any new or higher oxygen requirements because of COVID-19, an antibody infusion isn’t helpful and should not be given.
Can I have monoclonal antibody treatment if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, you can have this treatment.
How much does monoclonal antibody treatment cost?
There’s no direct charge for the medication itself—that’s covered through the federal government. Your health insurance might bill you for the cost of administering the treatment. When you schedule your appointment the infusion center can let you know if you will need to pay that cost.
Can I get the covid-19 vaccine if I’ve had monoclonal antibody treatment?
You can still be vaccinated, but you should wait at least 90 days after you receive the treatment.
If I have COVID-19 and want to get a monoclonal antibody infusion at your clinic, what should I do?
If you’re already a CMC patient, contact your provider through CMC Care App or by phone. Ask them to refer you to the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Clinic.
If you don’t have a regular CMC provider, go to the CMC Emergency Department to be evaluated, or call 843.234.6834 for an appointment. We can examine you and decide if you are medically stable to receive the infusion.