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Gov. DeSantis Cautions Floridians Against Forgoing the COVID-19 Shot Due to Prevalence of Antibody Treatment

Photo: Ron DeSantis
Photo: Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis says Floridians should continue to get vaccinated even as monoclonal antibody treatment centers open up throughout the state. 

DeSantis says the shot can prevent COVID-19 infection altogether, negating the need for the treatment completely.

But he says if someone does get sick, whether they’re vaccinated or not, the Regeneron infusions are there as a backup.

“So it's not an either or thing. You know ideally people would do both. But regardless of that status. If you find yourself infected, you want to do this. I mean obviously the best thing would be to not have any positive."

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DeSantis says the the vaccines only work if they're taken before a person gets sick. 

He says once a person tests positive for the virus, the antibody infusions are there to help reduce serious symptoms that might lead to hospitalization.

“It’s not a substitute for trying to have prevention. But at this point, if you’re somebody that is not vaccinated, and you're infected, the vaccine is not going to serve as a treatment for the current infection.”

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DeSantis’ comments come as only 7 percent of ICU beds are available in Florida per the latest Department of Health and Human Services figures.

Danielle Prieur is WMFE's education reporter.