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COVID-19 Treatments

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prescripti​​on COVID-19 medications treat COVID-19 to pr​​event serious illness. If you feel sick, act fast to test for COVID-19 and seek treatment options.​​​​

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How to Find COVID-19 ​Medications

As soon as you feel sick, test for COVID-19. If you test positive, use the options below to ask for a prescription for COVID-19 medication. COVID-19 medications are recommended for most adults and some teens.

Remember to act quicklyMost COVID-19 medications must be started within the first 5 days of symptoms. S​tart COVID-19 medications while your illness is still mild.

There may be a cost for the medications, but they should re​main free or low-cost for most patients through insurance and/or patient assistance programs. Some pharmacies may still have supply of free government-purchased COVID-19 medications - you can call your pharmacy to ask. ​Learn more at the Frequently Asked Questions section. 


Options for getting a p​​​​rescription include: 

  • ​​​​​​​Contact your doctor, urgent care center, or insurance provider for an appointment. You can ask if video or phone appointments are possible. ​
  • Call the California Department of Public Health Call Center at 833-422-4255. 
  • Call your pharmacy and ask if they can evaluate patients for COVID-19 medication. 
  • If you don’t have insurance or have trouble reaching a health care provider quickly, these free telehealth options are available to help you talk with a health care provider about a prescription right away. There may still be a cost for the medications themselves (see Frequently Asked Questions).​

    • C​OVID-19 telehealth service for Californians 

      • Go to Sesame Care's website or call 833-686-5051 to make a free phone or video appointment with a health care provider. Available until the end of February 2024 in 200 languages.​​​

    • ​​​​N​​ational H​ome Test to Treat telehealth service​ 

      • ​​​​Visit testtotreat.org to make a free phone or video appointment with a health care provider. Free home delivery of medications and free at-home flu and ​​​​​​​COVID-19 tests are also available. Available until the end of June 2024 in English and Spanish. ​

  • ​​If your health care provider has questions on COVID-19 treatments, they can refer to CDPH’s recommendations on treatment. 


COVID-19 Treatments Telehealth Options Handout (PDF) (English)
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​Find the full toolkit on the CDPH COVID-19 Treatments Communications Toolkit​ page. 

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For more information and help with finding COVID-19 medications, call the California Department of Public Health Call Center at 833-422-4255. 

The statewide call center is open 5 days a week, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time ​