Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing

Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.



This guidance tells you about the government’s antibody testing programme for coronavirus. It sets out:

  • what antibody testing is
  • what an antibody test will tell you
  • how to check if you’re eligible
Published 22 May 2020
Last updated 24 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance added for people taking part in antibody research surveys or studies.

  2. Updated to remove reference to antibody tests from NHS England test sites.

  3. Updated with information on the coronavirs (COVID-19) vaccine and antibody testing.

  4. Updated to reflect that the guidance now applies in Northern Ireland.

  5. Updated with new information on antibody testing eligibility and how to get a test.

  6. Removed link to antibody testing service and added that DHSC is working directly with organisations in the adult social care sector in order to offer tests.

  7. Updated to reflect the launch of the new antibody testing service, which is currently restricted to care home workers in England and Wales.

  8. First published.