Hand holding medication bottle for antiviral pills for COVID-19
Paxlovid, a prescription pill for preventing COVID-19 symptoms from getting worse, is now available at the MGH Clinical Assessment Centre.

What you need to know about COVID-19 treatments

Health Canada has approved two COVID-19 treatments that help prevent COVID-19 symptoms from getting worse in people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick or being hospitalized. These individuals can now get these treatments through Michael Garron Hospital's (MGH) Clinical Assessment Centre.

Learn more about these treatments and how they help protect people who are at higher risk below.

Paxlovid, a prescription pill that can be taken at home to help prevent COVID-19 symptoms from getting worse.

What are COVID-19 treatments?

Prescription medications and therapies for use outside hospitals that help prevent COVID-19 symptoms from getting worse. Treatments include:

  • Paxlovid: a pill for people aged 18 and older 
  • Remdesivir: intravenous (IV) therapy for people aged 12 and older 

COVID-19 treatments are not replacements for vaccination. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities. See upcoming walk-in vaccine clinics in East Toronto.

Why should I get COVID-19 treatment?

If you are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick or being hospitalized from COVID-19, these treatments can help prevent your symptoms from getting worse. This is especially important if you are:

  • over 18 years old and immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications)
  • over 70 years old
  • over 60 years old with less than three vaccine doses
  • over 18 years old with less than three vaccine doses and at least one of the following risk conditions:
    • obesity
    • diabetes
    • heart disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory disease (including cystic fibrosis)
    • cerebral palsy
    • intellectual or developmental disabilities
    • sickle cell disease
    • moderate or severe kidney disease
    • moderate or severe liver disease
    • pregnant and unvaccinated (zero doses)

Who NEEDS COVID-19 treatment?

Use the Ontario government's COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener to help you determine if you are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick or being hospitalized from COVID-19 and may benefit from these treatments. This screener is only meant as an aid and cannot guarantee you access to COVID-19 treatment. When you arrive at the MGH Clinical Assessment Centre, a nurse or doctor will ask you questions to confirm if you need COVID-19 assessment and prescriptions for treatment.

COVID-19 treatments are free for everyone who would benefit from them. You do not need a health card or health insurance.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO NEEDS COVID-19 TREATMENT?

We use guidelines from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table to determine who would benefit from COVID-19 treatment. This includes people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick and being hospitalized from COVID-19. 

When should I get COVID-19 treatment?

As soon as possible if you think or know you have COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild, and you are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick and being hospitalized from COVID-19. 

To be effective, treatment must be started within the first few days after you have been infected with COVID-19.

MGH's COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The MGH Clinical Assessment Centre is located at 825 Coxwell Ave.

Where can I get COVID-19 treatment?

Our MGH Clinical Assessment Centre offers prescriptions and access to COVID-19 treatment every day, by walk-in and appointment, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 825 Coxwell Ave. The entrance is off of Mortimer Avenue, west of the Emergency Department.

You can also get COVID-19 treatment at other designated hospital sites in Toronto, including Women’s College Hospital.

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