Resolution would recognize antibody test as equivalent to being vaccinated

Would cover individuals who, while unvaccinated, produce enough neutralizing antibodies to counter COVID-19 and can demonstrate the antibodies through a serology test

 

 

UPDATE: (021522)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Currently the Kentucky Senate is looking at a proposed Bill. If it passes, supporters say that, a person would provide proof of natural immunity through a previous infection.  Senator Ralph Alvarado is a physician in Winchester.  He says this is already being done in hospitals for some patients who can’t remember if they have antibodies from other illnesses like the measles or mumps.

In countries like Switzerland, Germany and Italy, the countries require either proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from covid infection, showing the presence of antibodies.  However health experts are saying that having the original vaccine and or the original infection doesn’t protect you 100 percent. To get that seal of approval for proof of natural immunity, a person must go get get a blood test. Even then, more protection might be needed.

“You may not have top 80 you might have very low antibody level which means you should probably get a booster to get your antibody levels high enough to protect you against any variant,” Says Senator Alvarado.

The joint resolution is currently pending in the Senate. If its approved, it would then go to the House. If it passes there the legislation would remain in effect until January 31st 2023.

ORIGINAL

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Senate Health and Welfare Committee advanced a measure Wednesday that – in the event of any state vaccination mandates – would recognize natural immunity against COVID-19 as equivalent to being vaccinated.

Senate Joint Resolution 80 would cover individuals who, while unvaccinated, produce enough neutralizing antibodies to counter COVID-19 and can demonstrate the antibodies through a serology test.

The resolution would not apply to federal mandates or private businesses that might implement their own vaccine requirements.

“We’ve had more and more studies coming out to the point now that we even have international governments that have begun to recognize this as being equal to having been vaccinated,” said Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who is sponsoring the resolution.

SJR 80 cleared the committee with 8-2 vote and now heads to the full Senate. If adopted, the provisions would remain in effect until Jan. 31, 2023

Alvarado, a physician who serves as chair of the committee, said there are various reasons why some of his constituents have not been vaccinated, and he has heard from many of them. Some are physicians and nurses who have already contracted COVID-19, he said.

Alvarado said he reviewed briefs by Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization and an original white paper from Australia regarding natural immunity and vaccination.

Several countries in Europe require travelers to have proof of vaccination, but also recognize  proof of a previous infection that produces an equivalent antibody response, he said. Some of the applicable countries he named include Finland, Austria, Denmark and Germany.

“I think it’s time for the state to be able to recognize, as many international governments have, to start recognizing people that have a measurable antibody response,” he said.

The measure was met with opposition from Sen. Karen Berg, D-Louisville, who is also a physician and voted against the resolution. She said the data is still coming out, and that leading health officials are not recommending the resolution’s approach at this time.

“My understanding is the only mandates for vaccination in the state right now would be for health care workers and private employers,” she said. “I don’t think the state, and somebody please correct me if I am wrong, is requiring any vaccinations at this point. So no, I do not see the purpose of this. It is not good science.”

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