COVID-19 Prevention/Treatments​​​ - Public Information

​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. In​dividuals 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 Therapies Locator Map.PNG

  • 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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