In recent weeks, the center has seen an uptick in demand for monoclonal antibodies, treating about 160 people a day with therapeutics. Other centers around the North Texas are already booking appointments well past Christmas.

Ferris city officials are concerned with not having supplies shipped out soon enough to combat a rise in omicron cases.

“We have the ability to fight this, to fight this virus, and we have the drugs to do it, but we aren’t planning properly,” Williams said.

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The Department of Health and Human Services is sending out over 55,000 doses of Sotrovimab across the country and Texas is getting about 2,700 of those doses.  Another 300,000 doses will be available in January.

Medical experts say getting vaccinated remains the best first line of defense against the virus, because it’s unclear how each person will respond to any treatment options once they’re already infected.

“I think a lot of people right now during the Christmas holidays, they’re thinking, oh, we can gather. We can. We don’t have to worry there’s drugs that will treat it, what have you – that’s not the case,” said Jon Albrecht, VP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Methodist Health Systems.