$20 off your first month Identify & address the underlying causes of chronic health conditions


COVID-19: Don’t Rely on Antibody Test After Vaccination

Tuesday, June 29th 2021 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Scientists believe that COVID-19 antibodies develop within 1 to 3 weeks after infection. Antibodies are the proteins your body produces in response to an infection, and lab tests will detect these antibodies if your body fought that pathogen. A positive antibody test for COVID-19 means that you were infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19 whether you had symptoms or not.

Titer blood tests measure antibodies in your blood, and they can be used as proof of immunity to a disease. This is why proof of a prior diagnosis with measles, mumps, or chickenpox is allowed for a child to be enrolled in a U.S. public school. If the child has the antibodies, then proof of vaccination is unnecessary.

However, the FDA issued a safety warning about COVID-19 in May 2021. It warned the public and health care providers not to use SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests to gauge immunity, especially with people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

FDA Recommends not using antibody test to determine COVID-19 immunity

In this communication, the FDA stated, “results from currently authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should not be used to evaluate a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time, and especially after the person received a COVID-19 vaccination.”

They further state, ““more research is needed in people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.” The SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests haven’t been studied to determine the level of protection they confer on people who have received the vaccine. The FDA also stated that a positive antibody test doesn’t prove immunity, only that you were possibly infected by the virus.

Members Only Content

To continue reading please subscribe to WellnessPlus by Dr. Jess MD

Be your own best doctor with our comprehensive suite of online health coaching tools.

Copyright 2024 WellnessPlus by Dr. Jess MD. All rights reserved

$20 off your first month

Identify & address the underlying causes of chronic health conditions