Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing

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Department Of Health


This guidance tells you about the governments antibody testing programme for coronavirus. It sets out:

  • what antibody testing is
  • what an antibody test will tell you
  • who is eligible for testing
Published 22 May 2020
Last updated 1 October 2020 +show all updates

  1. Updated to reflect that the guidance now applies in Northern Ireland.

  2. Updated with new information on antibody testing eligibility and how to get a test.

  3. Removed link to antibody testing service and added that DHSC is working directly with organisations in the adult social care sector in order to offer tests.

  4. Updated to reflect the launch of the new antibody testing service, which is currently restricted to care home workers in England and Wales.

  5. First published.

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