Halton Healthcare Participates in COVID-19 Antibodies Study

By: Laura Steiner, Local Journalism Initiative
300 workers at Halton Healthcare are taking part in a study on COVID-19 antibodies.  The study, headed by Sick Kids looks at antibody response in the hopes of better understanding COVID-19’s natural history
“This study was originally designed  in the early stages of the pandemic, before the vaccine to study the antibody levels amongst healthcare workers who may have been in contact with the COVID-19 virus, DR. Laurence Chau said.  Chau is the Principle Investigator of the COVID-19 Antibody Research Study at Halton Healthcare.  There are 3,000 healthcare workers across the Greater Toronto area (GTA) taking part in the study known as: COVID-19 Antibodies in Healthcare Workers Study.
Sarah Kennedy a Registered Practical Nurse participated in the study.  “I think it’s important that as a hospital we participate in these research studies so we can learn more about the spread of this virus and immunity among healthcare workers,” she said. The study’s parameters have been changed to allow for the mRna vaccines which trigger antibodies that help fight the virus.
The study included everyone from doctors, and nurses to clerks, and food services staff.  Participants will have their blood drawn three times throughout the study at different stages. They’re hoping that results could result in a better understanding of herd immunity, as well as aid in public health decisions.
The study is one of several underway through the Clinic Research Program.  “We have participated in several COVID-19 trials and have a number of other exciting clinical research studies underway, Director of Clinical Research Program Dr. Michael Heffernan said.
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