By: Alix Schnibben, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS
Director, Clinical Quality and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
You’ve probably been hearing about COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies for a while now. The term itself sounds a little confusing, but the treatment could save your life and keep you out of the hospital.
COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies, sometimes referred to as Regeneron, are laboratory-made proteins that can help your body fight COVID-19 and reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization. Apart from the COVID-19 vaccine and practicing the 3Ws – wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance – COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies are one of the best ways to keep you, your friends and your family out of the hospital and on the road to a quicker recovery. And now, if eligible, you can receive this COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment at any of our Northeast Georgia Physicians Group primary care offices or urgent care locations, even if you’re not an established NGPG patient.
COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies are given through a series of four injections — all given back-to-back during the same visit — either in your abdomen, back of the arm or thigh. The COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies in these injections begin mimicking the body’s immune responses to fight COVID-19 right away. It’s relatively pain-free and uses a smaller needle – similar to an insulin injection. The treatment requires a 1-hour observation period, so it’s best to plan for about a 1.5-hour appointment.
If you meet the criteria, whether you’re a NGPG patient or not, call the NGPG Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Family Medicine or Internal Medicine location closest to you and they’ll help you schedule an appointment to be assessed for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment.