Hi @A MyLupusTeam Member, I asked my rheumy about the antibody test originally and she advised against it because she said they don't really know what the data means and you can still have some protection with a no/low antibody result. I think it was @A MyLupusTeam Member's doctor who also said something similar about how you can have protection even without antibodies. But ultimately my pulmonologist ordered it for me and I did the antibody titer test. I think I read that the FDA is not recommending the antibody test because no one knows what level is needed to be "protected." But if you are immunosuppressants, you should be cautious in my opinion because you might have had a lesser response to the vaccine. Good luck with your decision.
If you’re on certain medications the Vaccine will NOT work.
The medication Rituxan is one of them.
It eradicates your B-Cells which u need for immunity.
The test for antibodies is based of B-Cells so your spike test will show no protection.
It’s possible u could have a little t-cell immunity but there is no test that can show that.
I had been scheduled for an epidural for two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. I had to be tested before the procedure and the test showed I have the antibodies. Prior to my second shot I had to be tested and at that time I didn't show the antibodies. I was worried because I didn't get the least bit sick with either shot. I'm so glad to know it worked.
I give blood at the Red Cross and they check for antibodies of COVID-19.