Treatments for people at highest risk of Covid-19

The NHS offers antibody and antiviral treatments to people with coronavirus (COVID-19) who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

Eligible people can use a positive lateral flow test (LFT) to be referred for treatment. It is important that treatment starts within 5 days of a positive test.

Most people who have conditions that put them in the highest risk category will have been contacted directly with information about how to get these treatments if needed. The full list of conditions is at the bottom of this article (or link to this webpage  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-care-and-treatments-for-coronavirus/treatments-for-coronavirus/ )

You're eligible for COVID-19 treatments 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

You should make sure you have a stock of Lateral Flow Tests, and test at the first sign of symptoms. Free test kits can still be ordered for people in the high-risk groups eligible for Covid-19 treatments, order online or call 119.

If you think you, or someone you care for, is eligible for these treatments you can contact your GP surgery, when you have a positive test, and request a referral to the assessment unit.

It depends what other medication people are taking whether they can have the treatment, so all patients must be clinically assessed before the treatments are provided.

Patient experience

Read one Medway resident’s experience of using the Covid-19 treatments here.

People at highest risk

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

  • Down's syndrome
  • certain types of cancer or have received treatment for certain types of cancer
  • sickle cell disease
  • certain conditions affecting your blood
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • severe liver disease
  • had an organ transplant
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
  • HIV or AIDS and have a weakened immune system
  • a condition affecting your immune system
  • a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)

For the very latest updates of Covid-19 treatments check the NHS.uk website here

Published: May 5, 2022