Learn about COVID-19 Prevention and Treatments
COVID-19 treatments can help people recover and stay out of the hospital. Treatments work best when given as soon as possible after testing positive and developing symptoms. Individuals can access treatments by talking to their healthcare provider or by visiting a Test to Treat location
that offers both COVID-19 testing and prescriptions for oral antiviral pills. Get the Facts on the CDPH COVID-19 Treatments webpage.
- Vaccination: Vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19 and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. There are three (3) COVID-19 vaccines available for adults, Janssen, Pfizer, and Moderna. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have received full FDA approval. Children ages 5 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine to protect against COVID-19. You can find a vaccination location nearest you.
Recent Information on COVID-19 Treatments
COVID-19 Therapies Test to Treat Map and Program Information
- A new web-based COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator Map is now available to make it easier to find Test to Treat locations. In the Test to Treat program, people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and then have their prescription filled all at one location.
These products are not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19 - learn more.
These treatments require a prescription from your doctor. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please go to an urgent care. Do not approach a pharmacy without a prescription. Do not go to the emergency department of a hospital to obtain a prescription.
- Molnupiravir: Is an oral drug for COVID-positive adults who are at high risk of developing severe disease. Treatment with Molnupiravir should begin within 5 days once symptoms begin. Molnupiravir is not for people younger than 18 years old, or people hospitalized due to COVID-19. Molnupiravir is not recommended for pregnant women. Molnupiravir Fact Sheet
- Paxlovid: Paxlovid is an oral drug used to treat mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 in adults and children 12 years old and up. Paxlovid is not meant for people hospitalized due to COVID-19. Paxlovid Fact Sheet
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