New Mexico COVID- 19 Case Updates
Covid-19 PCR Testing
Well Life ABQ is only offering PCR testing right now for diagnostics. We hope to have “ABC” testing capabilities by January 2021. This option will be offered to symptomatic individuals to test for Flu A, Flu B and COVID.
COVID Monitoring, Testing, and Return to Work Guidelines
Covid-19 Antibody Testing
Well Life ABQ is now offering IgG antibody testing specifically for the spike protein antibody. This is the antibody the vaccine targets. This is the antibody you would want to test, to determine if you developed antibodies after the vaccine. It is important that you wait 3+weeks after your second vaccine shot (or first vaccine if you received a single shot vaccine)
Antibody testing is quite accurate with a sensitivity and specificity >95%. This limits the amount of false negative and false positives. Like all COVID tests, the test has not been approved by the FDA, but does have emergency use authorization.
Please note, the CDC is recommending against antibody testing for vaccine response. Currently, there are no guidelines published to deal with negative results. All vaccines have a percentage of non-responders, meaning these people do not form measurable levels of antibodies. It is poorly understood whether non-responders form different immune responses, so it is uncertain if a negative result equals no immunity. Repeat vaccination and post-testing is the guidance for other vaccines, but there is no Covid vaccine specific guidelines at this time.
COST / INSURANCE
The test requires a blood draw. Insurance may cover the cost of the test. There is a $35 processing fee for drawing, processing and managing the results.
If you have insurance, your out of pocket cost is $35. If you do not have insurance, the cost is $75.