Rhode Islanders struggle to find monoclonal antibody appointments
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Islanders in need of the monoclonal antibody treatment are struggling to find appointments as COVID cases continue to surge.
Monoclonal antibodies are an IV treatment that doctors say can lessen the symptoms of COVID-19.
“It’s essentially like a pre-made immune system that’s ready to go in a bag infused into people who are infected with coronavirus so they don’t get as sick,” said Dr. Phillip Chan with the state Department of Health.
The treatment is only available at 14 centers in Rhode Island. Dr. Chan says in the desperate search to find availability, people make multiple appointments, causing a shortage.
Dr. Chan urges the public to cancel unwanted appointments when they schedule the one that works bets for them.
The state says it has an adequate supply of monoclonal antibodies and is working to open four new sites to administer the treatment.
Monoclonal antibodies are intended for those at increased risk of severe disease progression from COVID, including those 65 and older, those who are immunocompromised, have underlying health conditions, and organ transplant recipients.