COVID-19 medication is available for treatment for those who test positive and have symptoms. Treatment is free, highly effective, and widely available. These medications can help prevent COVID-19 illness from getting worse and help keep you out of the hospital.
There are three medications to treat COVID-19:
Antiviral medications that help stop the virus from “multiplying” in your body
For additional information, download CDPH COVID-19 Treatment Q&A and visit LA County Public Health's COVID-19 Medication Webpage.
Who is eligible for treatment?
You may be eligible for treatment if you:
- Test positive for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR or antigen test, including self-tests)*A positive test is not required to be prescribed outpatient treatment, but remains highly recommended in order to decrease the risk of adverse effects especially among older adults.
- Have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Are within 5-7 days of your symptoms starting
- Have one or more risk factors for severe COVID-19 (e.g., having an underlying health condition, aged 50 years and older, etc.).
Where to get treatment?
If you are eligible, treatment may help you recover from COVID-19 faster or help protect certain immunocompromised people. Treatment is free. If you are not sure if you are eligible, talk to your health care provider or visit a test to treat location near you.
Ways to get treatment:
- Test-to-Treat Program Get tested, meet with a health care provider (either on site or through telehealth), and get a prescription if indicated all at one location at no cost.
- Sesame Care Sesame Care has partnered with the California Department of Public Health to help support uninsured and underinsured individuals within the State of California who cannot access a healthcare provider within 24 hours of testing positive for COVID-19. This service is FREE for Californians ages 12 years and up. If you are insured, please try to connect with your healthcare provider first.
- Get tested and treated by your own health care provider. If you test positive and treatment is appropriate, you can receive a prescription. The prescription can be filled at a participating pharmacy.
- To find a therapeutics provider near you visit ASPR's COVID-19 Therapeutics Locator
Participating Providers in Pasadena
- 986 Specialty Pharmacy Pasadena Inc. - 1719 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91106
- CarbonHealth E. Colorado - 600 E. Colorado Blvd., #120, Pasadena, CA 91101
- Community Health Alliance - ChapCare - 1855 N. Fair Oaks Ave. # 200, Pasadena, CA 91103
- Office of Stephen Henry, MD - 2319 E. Washington Blvd. Suite #2, Pasadena, CA 91104
- Optum Serve Pasadena - 1595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
- CVS Pharmacy - 3883 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- CVS Pharmacy - 727 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105
- CVS Pharmacy - 451 S. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- CVS Pharmacy - 900 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
- CVS Pharmacy - 20 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
- CVS Pharmacy - 3033 Huntington Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
- CVS Pharmacy - 777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
- CVS Pharmacy - 3121 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- Ralphs Pharmacy - 160 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
- Ralphs Pharmacy- 3601 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Rite Aid Pharmacy
- Rite Aid Pharmacy - 3745 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- Rite Aid Pharmacy - 1038 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
- Rite Aid Pharmacy - 1421 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104
- Vons Pharmacy - 2355 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- Vons Pharmacy - 155 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
- Walgreens Pharmacy - 670 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
- Walgreens Pharmacy - 2376 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
- Walgreens Pharmacy - 310 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Locations may be subject to change and availability.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services PREP Act Declaration: 9th Amendment provides liability immunity and expands the scope of practice to certain health care professionals (e.g. licensed pharmacists) to order and administer select COVID-19 therapeutics authorized by the FDA.