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The purpose of this study is to assess the antibody response to COVID-19 vaccination in a cohort of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and to assess vaccine and SCD related complications around the time of vaccination.

Official Title

COVID-19 Vaccine Response in People Living With Sickle Cell Disease


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic disorder caused by a single base substitution of valine for a glutamine at the sixth amino acid of the gene encoding for the hemoglobin β chain. Patients with Hgb SS disease and other sickle hemoglobinopathies suffer from a variety of clinical complications related to this abnormal hemoglobin. These clinical manifestations include hemolytic anemia, painful vaso-occlusive crisis, and end organ damage. Persons with SCD generally auto-splenectomize in childhood secondary to infarctions from their hemoglobinopathy, thus increasing their risk of infection and rendering them immunosuppressed. Data suggest that general immune function in SCD patients may be impaired, and thus responses to vaccine may be suboptimal.

Patients with SCD are considered at increased risk of complications from infection from SARS-CoV-2 infection and are therefore an important group to receive vaccination against the virus. Understanding response to COVID-19 vaccination is this high-risk group of patients can provide a more targeted approach to vaccination in order to achieve adequate protection.


Sickle Cell Disease, COVID-19, Sickle Cell Anemia, COVID-19 Vaccine


You can join if…

  1. Diagnosis of sickle cell disease (HbSS, HbSC, HbSB0 thalassemia, HbSB+ thalassemia, HbS/Other)
  2. Has not received any COVID-19 vaccination prior to enrollment
  3. Scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccination (type does not matter) as part of routine clinical care
  4. Willing and able to sign consent

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Unwilling to have labs drawn or complete study requirements.
  2. Previous therapy curative of SCD (including bone marrow transplant and gene therapy)
  3. Previous receipt of anti-COVID-19 antibody therapy


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
    Oakland California 94609 United States
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Dallas Texas 75390 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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ASH Research Collaborative
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Expecting 60 study participants
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