COVID 19 ANTIBODY postal home testing finger prick kit (Proof of vaccination/immunity)
Some destinations require laboratory confirmed proof of immunity or vaccination.
We use the Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S. This is the newest test to look for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in a self-collected finger prick blood sample.
The spike protein is the target of many COVID-19 vaccines in development. This blood test enables determination of both the presence and level of antibodies to the COVID spike protein.
This test can signal whether a person has already been infected and has potentially developed immunity to the virus. We post you everything you need to perform this at home and you post this back to our laboratory. Please ensure you do this well before you travel.
- Antibody tests cannot diagnose acute infection.
- Not everyone will develop an antibody response to previous COVID infection or vaccine.
- You should take the test no sooner than 14 days after last vaccine jab.
- This involves a small finger prick blood draw at home.
If you have antibodies to coronavirus (COVID-19), it suggests you have previously been infected with it. The test cannot confirm when you had it or how long any antibodies may last.
If you have had symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, or change to your sense of taste or smell) this test should be completed a minimum of 20 days after the symptoms began.
This test can also be used by individuals who may not have developed any symptoms of COVID-19, but are interested in whether they have previously been infected.
Please note, that the presence of antibodies in your blood (a positive result) does not mean that you are protected from future COVID-19 infection or passing it onto others. As such you should continue to follow the current government guidelines around social distancing and self-isolation, regardless of your result.
Whilst the COVID-19 antibody test can detect if an individual has detectable antibodies to COVID-19, how this test can be used after vaccination remains unknown. At present there is not enough research to support using this test to confirm response to vaccination or how the test might be used following vaccination.
If you have a test and wish to change an individuals details for the test, please email us at contact@minteretal and we can send you another request form with new patient details to print at home.