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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 110562, tabled on 24 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of offering antibody tests to people who are immunocompromised and suppressed, who are unsure whether or not they have generated an immune response to the covid-19 vaccines, or whether they remain immunologically vulnerable and need to shield.

Answered on

27 January 2022

There are no imminent plans to implement targeted antibody testing for immunocompromised patients. National Health Service clinicians can arrange antibody testing for patients based on their assessment of clinical need. Those with a cancer diagnosis may also be able to access free antibody tests through the National Cancer COVID Survey, which aims to assess levels of protection conferred by antibodies following vaccination or infection in cancer patients.

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