Antibody test to check if you've had coronavirus
Covid-19 Antibody Test service is available in our pharmacy. The test will cost £65.00.
Information- PLEASE READ before booking a test:
1)An antibody test is different to the test to check if you have coronavirus now. The COVID-19 antibody test identifies if the body has developed an antibody response to a COVID-19 infection. The test is NOT a viral test to identify if there is a current infection.
If you or any of your household members have symptoms of COVID-19 or have positive test result of COVID-19 active infectio- please dont book this test or attend the pharmacy. Please isolate and book an coronavirus test with the NHS- ring 119 or visit https://.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book
2) The antibody test should only be performed
- 21 days after recovery from COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 positive test result OR
- 28 days after contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
This is to ensure that there has been enough time for detectable antibodies to have built up in the blood and not be currently infectious.
3) The test is highly specific and accurate however no test can be 100 % positive. Please ask for more details for evidence on the test sensitivity and specificity.
An antibody test is a blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before. This test is not widely available yet.
An antibody test can tell you if it's likely you've had coronavirus before.
But it does not work for everyone, as some people who've had the virus do not have antibodies.
An antibody test does not tell you:
- if you're immune to coronavirus
- if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people
If you've had coronavirus, you still need to follow the same social distancing advice as everyone else.
Getting an antibody test
Antibody tests are not widely available yet.
Free NHS antibody test kits are currently only available for people living in England and Wales who work in adult social care.
These tests are to help the NHS and scientists learn more about who has already had the virus and how it has spread in the UK.
If you're unable to get an NHS antibody test, you can pay to have a test at a private clinic if you want to.
How an antibody test works
An antibody test checks for antibodies in your blood.
Your body makes antibodies when you get an infection. They help fight the infection.
If you have coronavirus antibodies in your blood, it's likely you've had the virus before.
It's not known if having antibodies stops you getting the virus again.