Who is Eligible?
The information on this page can help you decide if you or a loved one may qualify for monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment and, if you do qualify, how you can get mAb treatment.
People aged 12 or older may be considered at high risk for developing more serious symptoms—making them eligible for mAb treatment—depending on their health history and how long they’ve had symptoms of COVID-19.
You or your loved one may be eligible for mAb treatment if you meet the following criteria:
- Are an adult or pediatric (≥ 12 years of age and weighing at least ≤ 40 kg) patient
- Have tested positive for COVID-19
- Are experiencing mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19
- Experienced your first symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
- Are at high risk for having more serious symptoms of COVID-19 and/or going into the hospital
People can be at high risk because of many reasons including their age, having an underlying medical condition, and other things. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Age ≥ 65 years
- Obesity or being overweight based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clinical growth charts
- Chronic kidney disease
- Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
- Heart or circulatory conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardio myopathies, and possibly high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Chronic lung diseases including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate to severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
- Sickle cell disease
- Neuro developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy
- Having a medical device (for example, tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation [not related to COVID-19])
If you are high risk, speak to one of our healthcare providers about mAb treatment.
For more detail on the eligibility criteria for the authorized treatments, see the Fact Sheets on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. To speak with someone about monoclonal antibodies call or text McAllen Emergency Room’s Nurse & Physician Hotline: (956) 420-9001