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Monoclonal antibodies being used more often in Ky. to treat COVID-19

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:51 AM EDT
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KENTUCKY (WKYT) - More people are using monoclonal antibodies across Kentucky.

It’s the latest effort to treat patients with COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says roughly 3,500 doses have been administered.

“These are synthetic laboratory created antibodies,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s a temporary immune boost to help people who are already sick hopefully have a more mild disease.”

Stack says the state is trying to ramp up administration efforts. 139 locations offer the antibodies, including UK HealthCare.

Michele Sawyers is one of thousands of Kentuckians to test positive for COVID-19 within the past week. After learning about monoclonal antibody therapy, which she says worked for her friend, she wanted it too.

“So, then I started inquiring about it here locally,” Sawyers said. “Turns out, you have to get a doctor’s order.”

She says scheduling an appointment wasn’t easy. Something Dr. Stack briefly touched on during a briefing.

“Folks, it’s a lot easier to get a vaccine than it is to get monoclonals. It’s a lot more complicated get monoclonals to folks,” Dr. Stack said.

According to the FDA, monoclonal antibodies must be given to covid patients within 10 days of experiencing symptoms. To qualify for the antibodies, you must show symptoms within 10 days of contracting COVID-19. You must also fall under one of the high risk categories.

“For example, some are if you’re older than 55 years of age. If you have BMI greater than 25. If you’re pregnant,” Dr. Stack said.

UK HealthCare is trying to find more space to offer the monoclonal antibodies to people with COVID-19. However, health experts are urging people to get vaccinated. They say it’s lot easier than getting monoclonal antibodies.

Sawyers is vaccinated, but hopes the monoclonal antibodies will help her bounce back from Covid.

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