The Health Wagon, the nation’s oldest mobile clinic, expands access to COVID-19 treatment with the use of monoclonal antibodies. According to the FDA, they are lab made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses. Dr. Teresa Tyson states, “this is another first for the Health Wagon among many who is always seeking to provide health care in new ways and unconventional ways. We are the only ones to my knowledge that are giving these in an outpatient setting west of Wytheville and the only one in the nation given them using a mobile health delivery system.” These proteins are designed to stop the virus from entering the human cells and can decrease the risk of dying from COVID-19.
A recent outbreak took place last week in Clintwood, Virginia. Several family members traveling on vacation tested were found positive for a total of 16 individuals. A total of 16 patients have produced a positive COVID-19 test out of 26 patients. Some of these individuals were candidates and received the antibodies with great results.
Who can get the treatment? You must be in one of the high-risk categories. There is a strict criterion for receiving monoclonal antibodies. Please contact the Health Wagon prior to visiting a clinic if you are interested in this treatment. The entire treatment time will take approximately 2 hours (one hour of infusion and one hour of observation).
In addition, the Health Wagon is providing COVID-19 testing in two stationary clinic sites (Clintwood and Wise, VA) and is testing and vaccinating from three mobile health units that travel throughout the Health Wagon’s six-county service area. The Health Wagon also continues to visit home sites and vaccinate patients who are homebound. The mobile health unit model provides a path towards health equity and accessibility to the most rural regions in Central Appalachia.
If you know of a friend or family member who needs tested or needs treatment, please contact (276) 328-8850 to get schedule or visit www.thehealthwagon.org. If you would like to donate to the Health Wagon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please visit: www.thehealthwagon.org/donate.
The full press release can be found here.