COVID-19 Therapy

If you or a loved one have COVID-19 and meet certain criteria, monoclonal antibody therapy is available to help reduce the severity of the illness. Please visit the Florida Department of Health website for more information about this therapy and locations where it is available. Currently, the therapy is being administered at Lakes Church in Lakeland.

 

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy at Lakes Church

A clinic for monoclonal antibody therapy (Regeneron) is available at Lakes Church at 1010 E. Memorial Blvd., in Lakeland. It will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treatment is free to all individuals who are at risk of hospitalization from COVID-19, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Individuals will need a positive COVID-19 test or have a high risk and confirmed exposure to the virus. Click here for the Fact Sheet about this Regeneron therapy: REGEN-COV Fact Sheet.

 

What is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

Monoclonal antibodies are made to fight particular infections after a person is infected. For COVID-19, these antibodies help your body fight the virus and can help to keep you from getting sicker. Monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with COVID-19 who are considered high risk.

The antibodies are given to patients through an intravenous line (a small tube to carry medicines into a vein). This is called an infusion. This treatment may help those who are at high risk of being hospitalized or keep them from getting very sick with COVID-19 according to research.

If you or a loved one have COVID-19 and meet certain criteria, monoclonal antibody therapy is available to help reduce the severity of the illness.

At Lakeland Regional Health we are committed to your health and well-being and are pleased to be able to offer this therapy to those who qualify.

What is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?

Monoclonal antibodies are made to fight particular infections after a person is infected. For COVID-19, these antibodies help your body fight the virus and can help to keep you from getting sicker.  Monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with COVID-19 who are considered high risk.

The antibodies are given to patients through an intravenous line (a small tube to carry medicines into a vein). This is called an infusion. This treatment may help those who are at high risk of being hospitalized or keep them from getting very sick with COVID-19 according to research

At Lakeland Regional Health, we offer REGEN-COV therapy (manufactured by Regeneron) to those who meet specific criteria based on guidelines in the EUA. This REGEN-COV Fact Sheet provides more information about this therapy.

Regeneron Therapy**

According to the EUA, to receive the REGEN-COV therapy, the individual must be 12 or older and have:

  • A positive COVID-19 test (available testing options)
  • Symptoms for 10 days or less
  • AND one or more of the following risks for clinical worsening per criteria below:
    • Older age (i.e. ≥ 65 years of age)
    • Obesity or being overweight
      • Body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 for adults
      • Body mass index (BMI) ≥ 85th percentile for age and gender for ages 12-17
    • Pregnancy
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes
    • Immunosuppressive disease or treatment
    • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease)
    • Hypertension
    • Chronic lung diseases (for example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma [moderate-to-severe], interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension)”
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders (for example, cerebral palsy) or other conditions that confer medical complexity (for example, genetic or metabolic syndromes and severe congenital anomalies)
    • Having a medical-related technological device (i.e. gastrostomy, tracheostomy, or positive pressure ventilation -not related to COVID-19)
    • Other conditions or factors that may place the patient at high risk (based on physician discretion)

**Individuals not eligible for this treatment include:

  • Those receiving oxygen therapy due to COVID-19
  • Those on chronic oxygen therapy due to an underlying non-COVID-19 issue who have needed an increase in their baseline oxygen requirements due to COVID-19

If you think you or your child meet the above criteria, please call 863.284.1654 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What Can I Expect When I Come for Therapy?

  • You will be greeted in the Infusion Center by our experienced and compassionate team
  • The infusion lasts 30 minutes, with a one-hour observation period after the infusion
  • During and after the infusion, you will be continuously monitored by trained healthcare personnel
  • For your comfort and to help you pass the time, we provide a large movie screen and light refreshments

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy at Lakes Church

Another clinic for monoclonal antibody therapy (Regeneron) is available at Lakes Church at 1010 E. Memorial Blvd., in Lakeland. It will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treatment is free to all individuals who are at risk of hospitalization from COVID-19, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Individuals will need a positive COVID-19 test or have a high risk and confirmed exposure to the virus.