What is Paxlovid?
Paxlovid is a prescription medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. This medication is currently available to adult patients, and pediatric patients (children over the age of 12 who weigh more than 88 lbs.) who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who are at risk of experiencing a progression of the infection that may result in hospitalization or death.
Paxlovid is only prescribed to patients who have received a positive test for COVID-19 (meaning that they have been infected by the disease). It will not be prescribed as a measure to prevent exposure to the virus, nor is it a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.