Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th January 2022.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to take steps to monitor the long-term immunity of people who have contracted the omicron covid-19 variant.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure long-term immune monitoring of people who have contracted the omicron covid-19 variant.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are several ongoing studies on the immunity to COVID-19 conferred by prior infection. An assessment of long-term immunity in those who have contracted the Omicron variant will be included as evidence emerges over time. Since June 2020, the SIREN study has assessed, through serial antibody and swab testing, the protection granted by prior infection and vaccination in a large cohort of healthcare workers.

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