MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Another state-run monoclonal antibody treatment site has now opened in Southwest Miami-Dade’s Tropical Park.
Governor Ron DeSantis has been touring the state all week announcing the openings of these centers, which use Regeneron to treat patients infected with COVID-19.
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The other location in South Florida is CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.
And like the Broward location, the Miami-Dade treatment center is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm. Each location can treat up to 300 patients per day.
Monoclonal antibodies are man-made proteins that act like human antibodies in the immune system.
The FDA has approved Regeneron for: emergency use as post-exposure prevention for COVID-19 in November. However, the FDA says Regeneron is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19 and is still urging all eligible people to get vaccinated.
The treatment gives a temporary, but immediate boost to the immune system, which can reduce the risk of a patient developing serious complications.
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It is administered to patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age or older) and who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19. This also applies to people 65 years of age or older who have certain chronic medical conditions. High-risk patients include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, suffering from heart disease, chronic kidney disease, lung disease and sickle cell disease.
The Regeneron cocktail, if given within 10 days of the first symptoms, are shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by about 70% and reduce the risk of infection among a patient’s family members by more than 80%. However, it cannot be used in patients already hospitalized with COVID-19 or undergoing oxygen therapy.
Regeneron is given intravenously or by injection and the treatment is free.
21 treatment locations across the state are expected to be open by next week.
If you qualify for treatment, please visit patientportalfl.com make an appointment.
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More information and a map of other monoclonal antibody sites is available at: floridahealthcovid19.gov. You can also call 850-344-9637.