Free Blood Tests For Monaco Residents Measures Antibodies To Protect Population

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Free Blood Tests For Monaco Residents Measures Antibodies To Protect Population

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From Tuesday, June 29, the government is offering free serological monitoring to Monaco residents, which will measure neutralizing antibodies and confirm a person’s level of protection or whether he or she has been infected by the virus.

Minister of health and social affairs Didier Gamerdinger explained today that the body produces various binding and neutralizing antibodies after being infected by Covid or getting vaccinated. A simple blood test can measure these and the results will be provided the same way PCR tests are carried out at the Screening Center, using a computer system developed by the Department of Digital Services.

“This is an innovative and benevolent approach which makes it possible to determine the level of protection of the population. We want a long-term vision,” says minister Gamerdinger.

People with neutralizing antibodies are protected and have a very low probability of contracting a severe form of Covid and a low risk of carrying the virus or infecting loved ones. The duration of neutralizing antibodies varies from one individual to another, which is why a follow-up every six months is recommended.

People who have had Covid or who do not have Ac neutralizers are encouraged to be vaccinated. Those who have been vaccinated and who do not have, or no longer have, enough neutralizing Ac neutralizers are advised to consult their doctor to determine the timing of a vaccination booster.

Anyone who has been vaccinated or has had Covid can call 033 92 05 55 00 for an appointment. In support of the public health program, an observational clinical research study, MonaVacc, will provide statistics necessary to understand the level of protection of the population and to support public authorities in the implementation of preventive measures. Individuals will be asked to sign a consent form allowing researchers to use their test results anonymously.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.