Valley doctor says minimal, undetected levels of antibodies are normal
Thousands of people across the Valley have rolled up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 shot in hopes of protecting themselves against the virus, but what happens if an antibody test finds you have minimal or no antibodies at all?
Are you still protected?
"In the majority of the cases of individuals who have been vaccinated or natural infection, the level of antibodies are either undetectable or extremely low," Presidents and CEO at DHR Health Institute for Research and Development Dr. Sohail Rao said.
According to Rao, it's normal for antibody levels to be undetectable between 12 and 24 weeks after vaccination and beyond. That's why he says people shouldn't rely on an antibody test to determine the efficiency of vaccines.
"That does not imply that those individuals are not protected," Rao said. "The immune system is not frivolous. It does not keep on producing antibodies if there is no challenge."
Rao says the antibody from the vaccine will activate if a person is exposed to the virus or after a booster shot that mimics an infection. If not, the antibodies will remain dormant.
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