COVID-19 treatments for vulnerable people

The NHS is now offering antibody and antiviral treatments to people with COVID-19 who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill.
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The new antibody and antiviral treatments offered to people with COVID-19 who are at highest risk, aim to reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill and are for people not admitted to hospital.

Who can have COVID-19 treatment?

You are eligible for COVID-19 treatment if all of the following apply:

  • you're aged 12 or over
  • you're at highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19

People at highest risk

You may be at highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you have:

  • Down's syndrome
  • sickle cell disease
  • HIV or AIDS
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • certain types of cancer
  • had certain types of chemotherapy in the last 12 months
  • had radiotherapy in the last 6 months
  • had an organ transplant
  • a severe liver condition (such as cirrhosis)
  • a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections

Most people in one of these high-risk groups, will have received, a letter from NHS England informing you of the new treatments. If you receive a positive PCR or register a positive lateral flow test result you will be contacted by the local COVID-19 Medicine Delivery Unit (CMDU) in Leicester.

However, if you have not been contacted directly regarding the new treatments within 24 hours of a positive test, you can contact your GP practice or NHS 111 for a referral to the CMDU. You cannot self-refer to a CDMU to access the new treatments.

Read more about the new COVID-19 treatments for vulnerable people

If you are in one of the highest risk groups above, and are not contacted within 24 hours of regsitering a positive COVID-19 test, call your GP practice or NHS 111 to be referred for treatment.


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