DENVER (KDVR) — Monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 has been harder to come by in Colorado since the spread of the omicron variant, but the state is now receiving shipments of the new pills available to treat the disease.
This week, Colorado received more than 6,800 of the two pills authorized to treat COVID-19, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Meanwhile, the federal government has limited supplies of monoclonal antibody therapy because only one of the available treatments, sotrovimab, is likely to be effective against omicron.
The state said it uses what it receives on those most at risk for the coronavirus.
“As of January 2022, the federal government is providing an extremely limited supply of these drugs, which has a significant impact on how often we are able to provide them,” the CDPHE said in a press release. “We hope that the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments and oral antivirals will increase significantly in the coming months.”
How to Get the COVID Pill in Colorado
Colorado has started receiving bi-weekly shipments of two different pills, which are available for those at high risk of hospitalization or death from COVID:
- People aged 65 and over
- Obese or overweight people, including adults with a body mass index of 25 or more and children who meet the criteria
- pregnant people
- People with certain underlying medical conditions
Pfizer’s Paxlovid is available for people age 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds. Merck’s molnupiravir is available for adults 18 years and older. Either drug should be given within five days of the onset of symptoms.
Colorado receives the treatments and distributes them to health systems, according to the state. To get treatment, talk to a doctor or health care provider.
Oral antiviral treatments received this week, as of January 14:
- 1,360 paxlovids
- 5,480 molnupiravir
Where to Get Monoclonal Antibody Treatment in Colorado
There are options for finding monoclonal antibody treatment in Colorado, although supplies are limited. Find places to get monoclonal antibody treatment at these sites:
The state will complete converting its eight monoclonal antibody therapy buses to COVID-19 testing sites by Jan. 15. Make an appointment at one of these state-run clinics:
- Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Clinic
- Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 10240 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree
- Kaiser Permanente Denver Regional Clinic
- Tuesday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- 10350 E. Dakota Avenue, Denver
- Denver Health Pena UC
- Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- 1339 S. Federal Boulevard, Denver
- Pagosa Springs Health Center
- Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 95 S. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs
Find a list of available upcoming appointments at COMassVax.org or call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX VO (1-877-268-2926) for assistance. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MT and Saturday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT.
Monoclonal antibody treatments received this week, as of January 14:
- 690 doses of sotrovimab (allowance should increase as production increases, depending on the state)
- 620 doses of Bamlanivimab / etesevimab
- 756 doses of REGEN-COV
- 1,227 doses of Evusheld
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