Clinic for Free Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Now Open 7-Days a Week at Kiwanis Island Park

By  //  August 21, 2021

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Delicious Digg This Stumble This

The mAb treatment site is open from 9 a.m- 7 p.m, 7 days a week

A clinic for free monoclonal antibody therapy treatment is now open at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, in Merritt Island. Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients and others suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients and others suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – A clinic for free monoclonal antibody therapy treatment is now open at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, in Merritt Island.

Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients and others suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Monoclonal Antibody Treatment:

Q: 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.

Q: Is mAb the same as a vaccine?

A: MAb treatment for COVID-19 is different from a COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccine triggers your body’s natural immune response, but can take weeks to develop enough antibodies and prevent some kinds of infection. MAb treatment gives your body the antibodies it needs to protect itself.

Q: Who can receive a mAb treatment?

A: 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.

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

A: 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.

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

A: 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.

Q: When is the mAb treatment site open?

The site is open from 9 a.m- 7 p.m, 7 days a week.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: Appointments are not required but are highly recommended.

Q: How do I get a mAb treatment appointment?

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

Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients and others suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

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

A: 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.

Q: What do I need to bring with me?

A: You should bring a valid government-issued ID (e.g. a driver’s license), your insurance card, and a book or tablet to keep your self-entertained while in observation.

Q: What can I expect when I arrive?

A: 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.

Q: How is the mAb treatment administered to a patient? 

A: 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.

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

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

■ Pain
■ Bruising of the skin
■ Soreness
■ Swelling

Q: How long will an appointment take?

A: 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.

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

A: Yes. Contact your healthcare provider for more information.

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

A: 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 yourself until all of these things happen:

1. At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms of COVID-19
2. You haven’t had a fever in at least 24 hours, without taking any medicine that reduces fever
3. 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.

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

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

Q: Where can I go to get more information on mAb?

A: For more information on mAb CLICK HERE

State-Run Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site Now Open at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt IslandRelated Story:
State-Run Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site Now Open at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island