MCHD Opens Monoclonal Antibody Facility to Treat COVID-19 Patients | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE CO. (WALA) – The Mobile County Health Department has announced it will begin offering another tool to help fight COVID-19: monoclonal antibodies or lab-created proteins that mimic the body’s immune system to quickly fight a virus.
MCHD epidemiologist Dr Rendi Murphree said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this service. It’s a subcutaneous injection, it’s a shorter needle, it penetrates you between your skin and your muscle, so not into your vein. for injections, but it’s not as scary as it sounds. “
The treatment will be delivered at the Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center at 2601 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile and it is free, but you must qualify to get it.
“If you have not been vaccinated and your COVID test is positive and you are at high risk of serious illness, please call our appointment line at 251-690-8889,” said Dr Murphree .
You must also be 12 years of age or older, weigh at least 88 pounds, not fully immunized or vaccinated but immunosuppressed or on immunosuppressant
A patient must have an appointment in order to enter the treatment clinic at the DIP Health Center.
It takes about an hour and a patient receives a total of four injections according to Dr. Murphree.
The Mobile County Health Department filled two initial orders for monoclonal antibodies before the state was put on an allotment due to a treatment shortage. Alabama’s award was reduced by 25% last week. Dr Murphree said they will need to renew their orders every week, but the state was able to fill about 1/3 of all supplier orders for the week.
Other local hospitals are already offering treatment with monoclonal antibodies. Check with your supplier to see if you are eligible.
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