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As more of us have not only had our Covid vaccines, many of us are also opting in for the booster too. However, a study published in May 2021, has revealed that 1 in 100 adults will not produce the antibodies needed to fight Covid-19 if that person were to become infected. This will leave someone extremely vulnerable to the infection whilst potentially unaware of this, as they believe that the vaccine has boosted their immunity. Would you like to find out if this is you? Are you that 1 out of 100?
Recent research has discovered that the body’s early immune system response in whose who have been vaccinated can actually predict the level of protection they can expect to have from the virus. It also can predict the body’s efficacy to fight different variants. Some scientists have stated that they believe an antibody test will be become the norm, upon someone’s admittance into hospital with severe Covid-19.
At UK Meds, we’re so happy to announce that we are now offering a Coronavirus Vaccine and Immune Response Antibody Blood Test from the London Medical Laboratory. The test can be completed within the comfort of your own home – no need to visit your GP, a hospital, pharmacy or walk-in centre. The test uses a blood sample attained from a finger prick, making it extremely easy to use.
It doesn’t matter whether you have recently been vaccinated or have had Covid-19. This IgG test will confirm for you whether your immune system has produced IgG antibodies and can provide you with a quantitative measure of your body’s response. This is displayed in a numerical value between 0 – 80,000. The test will also help you to understand how your own immune system has responded to the vaccine or a previous infection, letting you know if the illness you had was Covid-19 or something completely different. IgG levels often reduce quite quickly in the months after an infection and this test will enable you to monitor your IgG levels over time to see if your levels are dropping to below the levels that may be assumed to give immunity.
As previously mentioned, you can take your Covid-19 Antibody test from your own home. Once your sample has been processed, you will receive your results via an email. Please don’t forget to register your test before sending it back to London Medical Laboratory – the link will be sent to you following your purchase.
There have been previous versions of Covid-19 Antibody tests, however this test is much more advanced. London Medical Laboratory, the world’s leading laboratory diagnostics provider has developed the Coronavirus Vaccine & Immune Response Quantitative Antibody Blood Test to tell you if you have had Covid-19 and if your vaccination has worked. This is a significant improvement on the older tests and gives you much more useful information.
Your blood sample is analysed to detect the actual level of IgG antibodies in your body. If your test comes back positive, this means you have scored over 50 out of 80,000. This means you have either been exposed to Covid-19, or that your body has produced the necessary antibodies to fight the infection, following your vaccine.
When should I take this test?
It is recommended that you take the test at least 7 days after either your initial infection with Covid-19, or your vaccination. Your levels of antibodies are highly likely to continue to rise up to 15 days, when it is 99.4% sensitive in confirming your exposure to the spike protein of the virus.
How do I take the blood sample myself?
Your testing kit will contain easy to follow instructions! However, if you would like to see how it works, you can watch this video provided by London Medical Laboratory.
How and when will I get my results?
As soon as your sample is tested, London Medical Laboratory will email you with a certificate containing your results. Your sample is analysed to look for the actual level of IgG antibodies in your system. If your test comes back with a positive result, this means you have a level of 50 units and above. This means you have either been exposed to Covid-19, or that your vaccine has ‘worked’ in the sense of producing an immune response.
Your results will be ready between 1-2 days after your sample has been tested.
If I receive a positive result, how long will the IgG levels last?
Unfortunately, it is currently unknown how long antibodies remain in the body. It is estimated, due to evidence, that the response to infection does drop off significantly around 6-9 months. Tests such as this one are proving to be key tools in helping scientists to learn more about antibodies and how our body hangs onto them.
Does this test tell me if I currently have Covid-19?
No, this is not a test to detect the presence of Coronavirus in your system. This test is to evaluate whether your body has produced the necessary IgG antibodies in your blood which occurs between 7-15 days following a Covid-19 infection, or a vaccination.
What is included in the testing kit?
Your testing kit will include:
- An introduction letter with instructions
- A blood collection tube
- Multiple lancets
- A test request form
- A blood tube holder
- A biohazard plastic bag
- A prepaid tracked return envelope
To test your own antibody levels, you can purchase the Coronavirus Vaccine & Immune Response – “Quantitative” Antibody Blood Test, and many more health tests here.