Monoclonal antibody therapy is the first COVID-19 treatment granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for outpatient care.
Monoclonal antibody treatment is a scarce resource and eligibility for treatment is dependent on medication supply and demand. Due to limited supply of monoclonal antibodies, and the time-sensitive nature of the treatment, we are not able to accommodate every treatment request. Following the medical and ethical recommendations of the CDC, FDA, and NIH, the limited supply of monoclonal antibodies will be used in the case of greatest need, where the treatment will bring the greatest benefit. Spectrum Health is making every attempt to obtain a sufficient supply of monoclonal antibodies so that we can offer treatment to as many patients as possible.
To be considered for this treatment option at a Spectrum Health location, patients must be 12 years of age or older, weigh at least 88 pounds and meet each of the following initial criteria:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and think monoclonal antibody treatment may be right for you, call 616.391.0351 where our team will help determine if you are eligible. Patients of Spectrum Health Lakeland should talk with their primary care provider and visit the newsroom to learn more.
Patients should not seek monoclonal antibody treatment in the emergency department unless they are seeking emergent care. Monoclonal antibody treatment is limited in the emergency department.
Yes; you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, and we encourage you to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends waiting 90 days after receiving monoclonal antibodies since monoclonal antibodies and vaccine can interact and decrease long-term protection.
No; your quarantine time will remain the same. Despite the anticipated improvement in your symptoms, you will still be contagious. Please continue isolating, wearing a mask and practicing good handwashing.