Telehealth is a free and easy way to see if COVID-19 oral antivirals such as Paxlovid, are right for you. Oral antivirals, which are COVID-19 treatment pills taken by mouth, are available by prescription only. They must be taken within the first five days of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and want to schedule a virtual telehealth appointment with a health care provider to determine treatment eligibility, learn more about this service below and how to book a free virtual appointment. This service is currently provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with Color Health.
Who Should Take Paxlovid and When?
- You must test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms.
- Treatment must begin as soon as possible after testing positive and within five days of symptom onset.
- You should be 18 years old or older.
- You should also be at higher risk for severe disease, such as being older than 50 years of age or having certain medical conditions, such as chronic heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes or a weakened immune response.
How to Set Up a Telehealth Appointment
If you think you might be eligible for oral antiviral treatment, begin your free consultation below and complete a brief intake form.
Completing the intake form to request a consultation should take you approximately 5 minutes. If the information provided indicates you may be eligible for treatment, you will be given a link for a video consultation with a health care provider. After joining the video call, a health care provider will join you within 5–30 minutes to complete the evaluation.
After receiving a telehealth consultation, if treatment is appropriate for you, you will receive a prescription for either free home delivery or pharmacy pickup.
Telehealth providers are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific standard time (PST). Language assistance is also available.
Note: If you are between the ages of 12-17, pregnant, nursing, need additional languages assistance, or other COVID-19 services please reach out to the DOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127. You can also learn more about other COVID-19 services and programs that might be available to support you.
- Where can I learn more about COVID-19 treatments?
Learn more about COVID-19 treatments.
Our COVID-19 Therapies Quick Guide (PDF) provides an overview of treatments | Available in additional languages
Learn more about oral antivirals at What Are Oral Antivirals information sheet (PDF) | Available in additional languages
- Get vaccinated and boosted
- COVID-19 treatments are not a substitute for vaccination. Vaccination is still the best method to prevent serious illness, including hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Learn more about getting vaccinated.
- Other considerations if you are COVID-19 positive
Isolation and quarantine are key strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you should isolate or quarantine as appropriate.
For more details on isolation and quarantine, including activities you should avoid during your isolation or quarantine period, please see DOH’s guidance What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 and What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19. You can also visit the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation page.
- Need additional assistance?
For general inquiries on the telehealth initiative, other COVID-19 related guidance, or if you need food or other assistance while you isolate, please call the DOH COVID-19 hotline.