COVID - 19 Antibody Testing //
We now offer COVID-19 Antibody Testing at Baggett Pharmacy!
Testing hours -
We ask that you call ahead before coming to the pharmacy for testing. When you arrive, pull to the front of the pharmacy under the blue awning, and call us to let us know you have arrived. Wait inside your vehicle until a pharmacist comes to escort you inside.
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COVID - 19 Vaccinations //
At Baggett Pharmacy, we use the FaStep Antibody test to determine the development of antibodies after exposure to COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccination.
A blood sample is obtained by a finger stick. The pharmacist will stick the patient's finger and draw a small sample of blood into a capillary tube. The sample is applied to a FaStep test strip, followed by 2-3 drops of buffer. Once the buffer is applied, the test must process for fifteen minutes to allow the sample to flow down the strip where it will bind to special markers that change color in the presence of IgM or IgG. After 15 minutes, antibodies can be indicated by a visible line beside the IgM and IgG markings.
Frequently Asked Questions: Antibody Testing
IgM & IgG Antibodies //
The FaStep Antibody test looks at two specific antibodies, IgM and IgG. IgM is a short-term antibody. Once exposed, the levels of IgM spike rapidly and then begins to taper off. IgG, however, is a longer acting antibody. As IgM tapers off, the level of IgG slowly increases and persists for a longer duration than IgM.
With antibody testing, the presence of only IgM can indicate that you have had the virus recently. As the level of IgM tapers off and IgG increases, your body starts to build up longer acting antibodies as you recover from the virus. Once you have fully recovered and your body has had time to build greater immunity to the virus, an antibody test might show only IgG antibodies and no IgM. This would indicate that you have had the virus before, but not recently.