NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Additional options are available for South Florida patients seeking treatment for COVID-19.
Beginning Tuesday, Markham Park in Sunrise and Miami-Dade College North Campus in Northwest Miami-Dade will begin offering monoclonal antibody treatments.
The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
Another monoclonal antibody site opened at C.B. Smith Park, located at 900 N. Flamingo Rd. in Pembroke Pines. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
All sites require appointments in advance.
The treatment is open to those 12 years old and older, along with those that have recently contracted COVID-19.
The life-saving therapeutic can prevent severe illness in high-risk patients and reduce death and hospitalizations from the coronavirus by at least 70%.
There are lots of new tools in the tool box for dealing with COVID-19, as we learn one-in-five Americans have had it.
The first Americans have already started ordering the free four-per-household at-home tests offered by the Biden Administration.
“Covidtest.gov is in the beta phase,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “Every website launch in our view comes with risk. We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two, but the best tech teams across the administration and the Postal Service are working hard to make this a success.”
Health officials around the world are seeing cases of people catching both the flu and the coronavirus at once, dubbing it “Flurona.”
“Our goal is to be able to have a single annual booster so that we don’t have compliance issues where people don’t want to get two to three shots a winter, but they get one dose where they get, you know, a booster for corona and the booster for flu and RSV, to make sure that people get their vaccines,” said Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel.
Health experts said COVID-19 means what is normal will look different than it did before the pandemic.
“It’s not gonna be that you’re going to eliminate this disease completely, we’re not going to do that, but hopefully it will be at such a lower level that it doesn’t disrupt our normal, social, economic and other interactions with each other,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden.
Moderna is now in clinical trials with a single-shot booster for COVID-19 and the flu.
Moderna said that data from the Omicron specific vaccine should be available by March, so they can hand that to regulators.
The COVID and flu vaccine should be available by March 2023.
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Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.
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