Kentucky Senate Adopts COVID-19 Antibody Law – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville
Kentucky Senate Adopts COVID-19 Antibody Law – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Kentucky Senate Adopts COVID-19 Antibody Law – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

The Senate of Kentucky has passed a token resolution that will declare that a positive COVID-19 antibody test is equivalent to being vaccinated as far as the state is concerned.

Joint Senate Resolution 80 says that people will be considered equivalent to being fully vaccinated if their test shows a high enough level of neutralizing antibodies. That number would have to put them above the 20th percentile of the immunized population, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ralph Alvarado.

Alvarado, a Republican doctor from Winchester, said studies show that people with natural infections provide protection that may be as high as or even better than vaccinations.

“If someone has below the 20th percentile, that would not be enough. In fact, it would probably encourage people to go and get a booster to try to increase the amount of antibodies they would have present in their body,” he said. Alvarado.

If approved, the measure will apply to government employees but not private companies. Some lawmakers hope it will offer state employees an alternative to mandatory vaccination.

About 56% of Kentuckians are considered fully vaccinated and 24% have received booster shots, according to stat data.

Although people who recover naturally from a coronavirus infection have some degree of immunity, say public health experts still Getting vaccinated is the safest way to build protection and slow down the spread of the virus.

Late. Karen Berg, a Democrat from Louisville and also a physician, expressed strong opposition to the measure, saying that natural immunity does not provide the same protection as the vaccine.

Berg went on to say that natural immunity can decline rapidly and measuring protection is very challenging. She said the current data does not support the approach.

“I want this to be true. It is not yet true, and anyone who votes for this will spit in the eyes of science and really hurt our Commonwealth,” Berg said.

According to the bill, the requirement will apply until January next year. Alvarado noted that 23 European countries now recognize COVID refunds and vaccinations to be equivalent. The bill is now going to the Folketing.

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