New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a program Jan. 30 to ship free COVID-19 antiviral pills from Pfizer and Merck directly to residents’ homes, though supplies are limited.
The oral antiviral pills — Paxlovid from Pfizer and molnupiravir from Merck and Ridgeback Therapeutics — are available to eligible New Yorkers for same-day delivery. Due to limited supply, the city is prioritizing treatments for COVID-19 patients who are at higher risk of developing serious illness, health officials said.
People who test positive should call their providers or contact the city’s COVID-19 hotline — 212-COVID19 — to see if they’re eligible for a prescription. The city has partnered with Alto Pharmacy, a telehealth pharmacy, to dispense the drugs.
“Our city’s public health system is experiencing a decline in COVID-19 hospital admissions, but we are still very busy treating critically ill patients,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, president of New York City Health+. Hospitals. “Free door-to-door delivery of these antiviral pills will keep high-risk New Yorkers out of the hospital so we can free up critical resources immediately.”
On Jan. 30, health officials also announced that COVID-19 cases in New York had dropped more than 80% since early January and more than 75% of all New Yorkers had been fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 antiviral pills are in limited supply across the country. To learn more about Paxlovid and molnupiravir, click here.