Free treatments for COVID-19 are available. They can help prevent hospitalization and reduce your chance for severe disease. Treatment is available for those who test positive for COVID-19 and have any symptoms, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough), and should especially be considered for those who are at risk of severe disease.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimates that about 40% of MA residents would be eligible for COVID-19 treatments, if they are infected. Click here for a list of medical conditions that may make you eligible. Treatments are not in short supply and are widely available.
If you think you may be eligible and have questions to see if treatment is right for you, contact your medical provider or call the COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line: (508) 213-1380, Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. This line is operated by Gothams, a state contractor, and is a free resource that can help refer individuals to sites for monoclonal antibody treatments.
The following treatment options have been authorized by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19 in individuals ages 12 and over who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
There are five treatment options in Massachusetts. Most must be started within 5 days of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms:
You can find out what local pharmacies have the medicine in stock by clicking here once you have a prescription.
Oral Therapeutics (Pills)
Oral therapeutic treatments require a prescription from a healthcare provider and must be started within 5 days of COVID-19 symptom onset. There is a new tele-health way to get Paxlovid if you are having a hard time reaching your primary care provider: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/free-telehealth-for-covid-19-treatment-with-paxlovid
Monoclonal Antibody Intravenous (IV) and Antiviral Infusion:
Referrals for monoclonal antibody treatment can be provided by the Gothams call center by calling (508) 213-1380, Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., or by an individual’s healthcare provider.
These treatments are potentially lifesaving for eligible individuals, but they must be administered quickly to be effective. They can help keep you from getting very sick and from being hospitalized. Call your provider or the Gothams phone number right away to see if treatment could be right for you. Even if symptoms are mild, please consider these safe and effective treatments to prevent the disease from progressing to a point that may require hospitalization.
In-Home Treatment for COVID-19
CDR Health, the state vendor who provides the in-home COVID-19 vaccination program, is expanding its services to include in-home administration of monoclonal antibody preventive and therapeutic treatments and other FDA-approved therapies for COVID-19. These services are available to people who are moderately to severely immune compromised.
This link is to Massachusetts Department of Public Health page on treatments for COVID-19 and includes: guidance, information on how to access these treatments, a downloadable referral form, retail pharmacies that dispense these medications, and a treatment location locator. The state contractor, Gothams, will provide no-cost transportation to patients who need it.
Treatment is not a substitute for vaccination. It is important to get vaccinated and get your booster when eligible.