DeSantis says monoclonal antibodies will be available at Northwest Florida Fairgrounds

Jim Thompson
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced monoclonal antibodies will be available for free at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds.

DeSantis has been touring the state touting the benefits monoclonal antibodies since last week. Monoclonal antibodies "are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection — in this case, (the virus that causes COVID-19) — and are given to patients directly with an infusion," according to a U.S. Health and Human Services website. 

The governor said the treatment helps improve outcomes for people who have COVID and are at risk of hospitalization.

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“COVID’s not going to go away,” DeSantis said when opening the first treatment center in Jacksonville last week. “So the question is how are we going to approach it. You can approach it on the front end by protecting yourself, but of course, if you end up in a situation where you are infected and at high risk, getting in here early, this is the best shot we’ve got right now to keep people out of the hospital and keep them safe.”

The site at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard, will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DeSantis said the site has the capacity to provide 320 treatments per day.

The governor said the state will also be opening up a treatment site at the Panama City Fairgrounds late Friday afternoon.

This is a developing story and it will be updated with more information.