Plea for more people to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials

Expert discuss importance of clinical trails still underway
Expert discuss importance of clinical trails still underway

HOUSTON – Aaralyn and Aryanna Politte are only 14 years old and part of the trial for Novavax.

They said, even though their age group has vaccines available, they felt that it was important to participate in a trial in order to provide different options for vaccines in the future.

“If we do it, maybe other people will do it. So other people will see that it’s safe and be able to take the vaccine,” Aaralyn said.

That is important, said Dr. Sarah Hasan, but lately, getting people of all ages to participate has been tough.

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“I think it’s challenging to find people who haven’t been vaccinated yet. That’s really where our challenge lies now,” Hasan said. “The point of clinical trials is not just to find vaccines as effective as the ones we have right now but we’re looking for more effectiveness.”

She said they’re going to continue monitoring participants in all trials for two years. They need to continue monitoring how long protection lasts, how effective it is against mutations and whether they need a booster.

The length of the trial doesn’t automatically mean they’re concerned about what’s being offered to the public right now.