PHE Evaluated Antibody Testing
What is it?
An antibody test is a looking for things called antibodies in your blood. Your body makes these when it fights an infection, like Covid-19. The same thing happens when you get a vaccine, like a flu jab. That’s how you build immunity to a virus.
The antibody test isn’t checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system (your body’s defence against illness) has responded to the infection. The antibody test can be performed at your home or workplace by a fully qualified/trained phlebotomist or we can arrange for you to attend a clinic (location dependent).
How long does it take to get my results:
It takes 24-48 hrs to return the result once the laboratory receives the sample back.
How accurate is this test:
Our antibody test, which has a specificity greater than 99.8% and 100% sensitivity (14 Days post-PCR confirmation), can help assess patients’ immune response to the virus. As more is understood about immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the test may help to assess who has built up immunity to the virus.
The high specificity of the test is crucial to determine reliably if a person has been exposed to the virus and if the patient has developed antibodies.