COVID-19 Treatment

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 antiviral medications to treat COVID-19 that help stop the virus from “multiplying” in your body:

For additional information, download the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Treatment Q&A and visit LA County’s Public Health’s Medicine to Treat COVID-19 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.).
  • Learn more about factors that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) People with Certain Medical Conditions webpage.

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.

Local Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy

Ralphs Pharmacy

  • 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

  • Vons Pharmacy - 2355 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
  • Vons Pharmacy - 155 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

Walgreens Pharmacy

  • 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.