Augusta Health treating COVID patients with monoclonal antibody infusions
Augusta Health is working to pivot its clinical COVID focus to aggressive outpatient management, including treating infected patients who meet criteria with monoclonal antibody infusions when supplies are available.
MABS infusion follows a positive COVID test and a physician referral. Last week, Augusta Health’s MABS Clinic infused 122 patients, for a total of 877 patients since the clinic was opened. Less than 5 percent of those who receive a MABS infusion need to be admitted to the hospital later.
The current inpatient COVID-19 census at Augusta Heath is 57, approaching the high-water mark of the nearly two-year pandemic.
In the 24 hours preceding 9 a.m. on Monday, 109 new positive cases of COVID were diagnosed at Augusta Health testing sites. It was again a busy weekend at the testing sites with 101 positives reported Sunday morning, 198 positives reported Saturday morning and 156 positives reported Friday morning.
Augusta Health is vaccinating everyone age 5 and older who lives, works or goes to school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals age 18 and over.
Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals age 5 and older; a parent or legal guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18. Booster criteria vary by vaccine, so please be aware of the criteria for the vaccine selected.
Children ages 5-11 years
To ensure patient safety and in awareness of the different dosage for the 5-11 year old age group, there are separate clinics for ages 5-11 only at the on-campus location. Again, a parent or legal guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18.
Please make appointments at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
Booster eligibility information
Anyone over the age of 12 can receive third-dose COVID-19 booster shots. Children age 5-11 who are immunocompromised or immune suppressed can also receive a booster.
When can you get the booster?
- At least 5 months after you completed your Pfizer or Moderna series. Either the Pfizer or Moderna series, you can get a third dose in 28 days.
- At least 2 months after Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
Which booster can you get?
- If you are age 18 or older, you can get any booster shot you prefer.
- If you are age 12 or older, you can get a Pfizer booster.
Appointments at vaccinate.augustahealth.com.
For patient safety concerns, vaccines will be offered on specific days. Please be sure make an appointment for a clinic that is offering the vaccine you want. If you are registering for a booster, and are switching vaccine, make an appointment for the type of booster you want. For example, if you originally received a Pfizer vaccine, but would like a Moderna booster, make an appointment in a Moderna clinic.
If you have questions about eligibility, call Augusta Health’s Vaccination Call Center at (540) 332-5122.
Please bring your COVID Vaccination Record Card to the booster appointment.
Vaccinations in primary care offices
Vaccinations for COVID-19 continue in all Augusta Medical Group primary care offices. Patients who prefer to receive a vaccination from their personal physician should contact their doctor’s office to be scheduled into the next available vaccination appointment block.
This week, Augusta Health’s Community Vaccination Team will be providing vaccines at the Trinity Soup Kitchen on Monday and a clinic with Spanish interpreters at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waynesboro on Friday from 4-7 p.m. To date, more than 10,000 vaccines have been administered at clinics within vulnerable communities by the Augusta Health Task Force.
Community organizations that would like to partner with Augusta Health for a Vaccination Clinic can contact VaccinationTaskForce@augustahealth.com for more information on the requirements.
Large on-campus vaccination clinics
Please make an appointment for on-campus clinics.
Go to vaccinate.augustahealth.com to view the links and schedule an appointment. Information about new clinics, the links and the criteria for each link, are posted as available. On-campus clinics this week are:
- Tuesday: Pfizer Clinic from 3-7 p.m. for those age 12 and older. For first dose and second dose available to those age 12 and older, booster dose available to those age 16 and older. A parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of a child under the age of 18. Please verify criteria before registration.
- Wednesday: Pfizer Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those age 12 and older. For first dose and second dose available to those age 12 and older, booster dose available to those age 16 and older. A parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of a child under the age of 18. Please verify criteria before registration
- Thursday: Pfizer Clinic for ages 5-11 only from 3-7 p.m. This clinic is for those ages 5-11 only. A parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of the child under the age of 18. The link is open at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
- Friday: Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those age 18 and older. For first dose, second dose and booster dose available to those age 18 and older. Please verify criteria before registration.
The links are open at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
Vaccination Call Center
Not everyone has access to the internet. Others just have questions. For assistance, call Augusta Health’s Vaccination Call Center at (540) 332-5122. The Call Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions and help to schedule vaccination appointments.
Homebound patients are being vaccinated through a pilot program with Central Shenandoah EMS. Contact the Vaccination Call Center for more information.