VARIATION Study: Reduced serological response to COVID-19 vaccines in patients with IBD is further diminished by TNF inhibitor therapy

VARIATION Study: Reduced serological response to COVID-19 vaccines in patients with IBD is further diminished by TNF inhibitor therapy

VARIATION is a prospective multi-centre Irish study aiming to determine the impact of IBD and various medications for treatment of IBD on antibody responses to vaccination against COVID-19.

Methods:

Patients with IBD (n=270) and healthy controls (n=116) were recruited prospectively and quantitative antibody responses assessed following COVID-19 vaccination. The impact of IBD and medications for treatment of IBD on vaccine response rates was investigated.

Results:

Initial results show patients with IBD have attenuated(reduced) serological responses to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Use of anti-TNF therapy negatively impacts anti-SP IgG levels further. Patients who do not seroconvert post-vaccination are a particularly vulnerable cohort. Impaired responses to vaccination in our study highlight the importance of booster vaccination programmes for patients with IBD.