Researchers in search of individuals within the Houston space to participate in vaccination trials on youngsters
HOUSTON – Researchers are now looking for younger people in the Houston area, including teenagers, to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine study.
“We’re really just looking for generally healthy children who can get vaccinations and come on study visits,” said Sarah Hasan, director of recruitment at DM Clinical Research and the Texas Center for Drug Development.
The Moderna vaccine study will take participants between 12 and 17 years of age, she said.
“We’re just trying to get these kids back to school so they can get back into sports, academics, and extracurricular activities,” Hasan said. “To even get into this semi-normal state, the real solution is to get this vaccine.”
So far, the Moderna vaccine has an emergency approval for people aged 18 and over.
The adolescent study is being conducted on-site at the CyFair Clinical Research Center, prior to FM-1960, in northwest Harris County.
Parents must opt out and the process involves six visits over a 13 month period. Participants can earn up to $ 1,000.
“This is actually a faster and safer way for the children to protect themselves because not only will they receive the vaccine from us, but they will also be accompanied by the investigator for the entire duration of the study,” said Hasan.
The vaccine to placebo ratio is two to one in this study, so there is a better chance of getting the actual vaccine, according to Hasan.
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