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 and testing positive for COVID-19.
This service is currently provided by the Washington State Department of Health in collaboration with partners Color Health and Birds Eye Medical.
*Paxlovid is for those who are 12 and older that have certain medical conditions that put you at higher risk for being hospitalized from COVID-19 (including being a current or former smoker, cancer, diabetes, obesity, or others) or are over age 65.
How to set up a telehealth appointment
If you think you might be eligible for oral antiviral treatment, you have two options to set up a free telehealth consultation appointment:
- Option one*: Calling the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) hotline
- Option two: Completing a brief intake form
*If you are between the ages of 12-17, pregnant, nursing, or need additional languages assistance or other COVID-19 services, please use option one.
You can call 1-800-525-0127 and press # to arrange to set up your video consultation via the DOH hotline. You can also learn more about other COVID-19 services and programs that might be available to support you.
The hotline is available to support arranging telehealth consultations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific standard time (PST) on Monday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST from Tuesday through Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.
Note: Any calls after 7 p.m. may result in a next-day appointment being scheduled.
Click the "begin consultation" link below to set up your video consultation appointment online and you will be redirected to complete a form operated by DOH’s partner, Color Health. The form should take about 5 minutes to complete.
If the information you provide 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. PST. Language assistance is also available.
If you would like to set up your video consultation online, please click on the link below.
- What do I need for the telehealth visit?
- A smartphone or computer that has video. No special software is required.
- A list of medications and vitamins you are taking.
- If you have kidney disease, a copy of your lab results within the past 12 months.
- Who can use this telehealth service?
- Telehealth is available for individuals 12 or older who test positive for COVID-19, experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, and currently living in Washington state. If you are experiencing a medical emergency like trouble breathing, please call 9-1-1.
- People with the following are not eligible for Paxlovid:
- No COVID-19 symptoms
- No risk factors or certain medical conditions that put you at higher risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19
- Have had COVID-19 symptoms for more than 5 days
- How quickly can I talk to a health care provider?
When choosing option one to arrange your consultation through the DOH hotline, a hotline operator will assist you to arrange an appointment between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. You will then be prompted to select an appointment with a health care provider that is most suitable to your schedule based on the times available.
When choosing option two to arrange your consultation online, if the information you provide indicates that you are 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.
You should be available for the call within the next 30 minutes of completing the intake form. Telehealth consultations are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.
- Is this service free?
- Yes, the telehealth service and optional overnight delivery of oral antiviral prescriptions is free, even if you are underinsured or not insured.
- If the health care provider prescribes oral antivirals during the telehealth consultation, how can I receive it?
You may choose free home delivery or pharmacy pickup from your preferred pharmacy (dependent on supply). If you choose home delivery, prescriptions received before 3 p.m. PST Monday through Friday will be sent via next-day air delivery service. If you are requesting a consultation on Saturday or Sunday, you may want to consider pharmacy pickup instead. Your treatment will work better the sooner you start it.
You'll be able to discuss pharmacy options with your health care provider during your telehealth consultation and may change your choice based on their guidance.
- If I’ve chosen home delivery, how will I know when my medication has shipped?
You will receive an email when your prescription ships. It will also include tracking information.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Is insurance required?
- Insurance is not required. You will not be asked to share your insurance information. This telehealth service is free.
- Do I need special software for the telehealth appointment/consultation?
- You can use any smartphone or computer that has video. No special software is required. If you are using a smartphone, please ensure that you have adequate signal and battery life for a call up to 30 minutes.
- What if I miss my telehealth appointment/consultation?
If you miss your appointment, please request another by calling the DOH COVID-19 hotline (1-800-525-0127 and press #).
A health care provider will wait up to 10 minutes for you to join the video call. If the health care provider cannot complete a video call with you, they will not be able to complete your evaluation. If you miss your appointment, please request another by clicking the link below.
- What other languages are supported?
Telehealth appointments are currently available in 240 languages through translation services. People interested in receiving a telehealth appointment in a language other than English should arrange an appointment through the DOH COVID-19 hotline (1-800-525-0127 and press #).
- Will I need to share my self-test results during my telehealth appointment/consultation?
- If you used an over-the-counter self-test and tested positive for COVID-19, you can use these test results for your consultation and will need to confirm the results with the health care provider.
- Where can I learn more about COVID-19 treatments?
Learn more about COVID-19 treatments.
- 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.
If you need technical assistance related to your scheduled telehealth consultation, please contact the Color Health Support Team at 1-844-352-6567 or email at email@example.com. Assistance is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST, seven days a week.