Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Treatment

Brevard County has partnered with the State of Florida to provide a walk-up Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) treatment site at Kiwanis Island Park in the Gymnasium.

Location

Kiwanis Island Park Gymnasium
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
Merritt Island, FL 32952

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 days a week

Appointment Scheduling

https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/?language=en_US

(An appointment is not required but is highly encouraged)

Cost

Treatment is Free

(Insurance info will be requested, but not required)

Eligibility

Individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. No prescription or doctor’s note is required.

What to Bring

A valid government issued ID, if applicable, your insurance card, and a book or tablet to keep yourself entertained while in observation

How to Prepare for your Appointment

Drink plenty of fluids and have a small meal before coming for your treatment.

Treatment Administration

The treatment is given via 4 subcutaneous shots, (one in each arm and two in your stomach). After you received your treatment, you will be observed for at least 1 hour.

Treatment Time

Due to the high demand for mAb treatment, please plan on spending at least 2-hours from the moment you enter the gymnasium to when you get back into your vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment?

Your body naturally makes antibodies to fight infection. However, your body may not have antibodies designed to recognize a novel (or new) virus like … the virus that causes COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection—in this case, [COVID]—and are given to patients directly… (HHS 2021)

Is mAb the same as a vaccine?

MAb treatment for COVID-19 is different from a COVID-19 vaccine.  MAb is a short-term fix while vaccines are a long-term solution.  It is intended to provide a boost to your immune system while a vaccine offers protection.  Vaccines trigger your body’s natural immune response, but can take weeks to develop enough antibodies and prevent some kinds of infection...  People should still be vaccinated in order to protect themselves, their families, and our community.

Who can receive a mAb treatment?

Treatment is authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use in adult and pediatric patients (12 and older) who have either been diagnosed or exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for progression to severe illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19.

Do I need a prescription or doctor’s note to receive a mAb treatment?

No, you do not need a prescription or doctor’s note.  There is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral.

Where is the walk-up mAb treatment site in Brevard County?

Brevard County has partnered with the State of Florida to provide a walk-up mAb treatment site at Kiwanis Island Park 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd, Merritt Island, FL 32952 in the Gymnasium building towards the back of the park

When is the mAb treatment site open?

The site is open from 9AM-7PM, 7 days a week

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are not required but are highly recommended.

How do I get a mAb treatment appointment?

To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/?language=en_US or call, (850) 344-9637.

Is there any cost or do I have to have insurance to receive a mAb treatment?

No, there is no cost to you and you are not required to have insurance.  The treatment is FREE, however, the vendor providing the treatment will charge your insurance for the services provided. The vendor will seek reimbursement through a federal program for those that are uninsured.

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring a valid government issued ID, if applicable, your insurance card, and a book or tablet to keep yourself entertained while in observation.

How should I prepare for my mAb treatment?

Drink plenty of fluids and have a small meal before coming for your treatment.  This will help reduce any nausea you may have.

What can I expect when I arrive?

You will enter into the Kiwanis Island Park Gymnasium (the building towards the back of the park), and be directed to the waiting area. If the waiting area is full, you may be asked to wait in your car until your treatment time.  You will be asked a series of health and registration questions prior to your treatment.

How is the mAb treatment administered to a patient?

Currently, the treatment is given via 4 subcutaneous shots, (one in each arm and two in your stomach). After you received your treatment, you will be observed for at least 1 hour.

What kind of reaction could I have after receiving a mAb treatment?

Mild reactions at your injection sites are possible and can include:

  • Bruising of the skin
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Swelling

How long will my appointment take?

Due to the high demand for mAb treatment, please plan on spending at least 2-hours from the moment you enter the gymnasium to when you get back into your vehicle.

I have been vaccinated for COVID-19 am I able to receive a mAb treatment for COVID-19?

Yes. Contact your healthcare provider for more information.

What should I do after I have had my mAb treatment?

Stay hydrated and have a small meal when you return home.  This will help reduce any nausea you may have.  It’s important to know that even if you start feeling better, you could still spread the virus for a while. So, you’ll need to continue to isolate until all of these things happen:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms of COVID-19
  • You haven’t had a fever in at least 24 hours, without taking any medicine that reduces fever
  • Your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

IMPORTANT: Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions. Your personal health history may require you to meet additional conditions. Also, if you start to feel worse, don’t hesitate to seek medical care.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about mAb treatment?

You can call (850) 344-9637 or contact your healthcare provider.

Can I get a COVID vaccine if I have had a mAb treatment?

Yes, however you will need to wait at least 90 days from the date of your treatment to your first dose of the COVID vaccine.

How long is a mAb treatment good for?

According to the FDA fact sheet provided for mAb treatment, the boost is good for up to 4 weeks.

Where can I go to get more information on mAb?

For more information on mAb visit: https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/i-have-covid-19-now/monoclonal-antibodies-high-risk-covid-19-positive-patients

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