Third vaccination despite high antibodies: is the booster vaccination against the coronavirus then useful at all?
The third Corona vaccination has started in Austria. In addition to high-risk groups and those over the age of 65, the National Vaccination Panel recommends booster vaccination for everyone over the age of 18.
On the sidelines of the discussion surrounding booster vaccinations, the word “antibody test” keeps coming up: many are probably wondering why they should get vaccinated a third time, even though an antibody test shows high levels.
According to Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein, the test does not tell whether one is immune to the coronavirus. He informed that therefore no antibody determination is necessary before the third sting.
The decision that the third vaccination would be useful for everyone is based on data from Israel, England and the USA. These have namely shown that the protective effect against the delta variant does not last for nine months in all cases, according to the National Vaccination Panel.
Third vaccination despite high antibodies?
The recommendation is clearly yes. The antibody tests would have no use in informing decisions about a third vaccination.
What’s more, the National Immunization Panel warns that some physicians even advise against vaccination against Covid-19 “incorrectly and contrary to medical recommendations” because of the antibody tests.
As a result, doctors would be treading on thin ice legally if someone were to contract the coronavirus and become seriously ill on the basis of this recommendation.
A German immunologist also pointed out the misconception that antibodies provide a basis for deciding whether to vaccinate against corona. “Even with high antibody levels, a booster would not be dangerous,” immunologist Carsten Watzl said on Twitter.
- (15) Do I need to determine antibodies beforehand? No! Even at high antibody levels, a booster would not be dangerous. And we don’t know the cut-off value in antibodies (yet). – Carsten Watzl (@CarstenWatzl) November 4, 2021
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