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COVID-19 Vaccine Study

Fun science-y post! I have the privilege of participating in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial, and today I received my first shot! This is a phase 3 study, meaning this vaccine has already had some testing to indicate safety and immune response. I am just one of about 30,000 individuals who are participating in this particular trial, and many others are participating in similar trials for other companies.

Because this is a double-blind study, there is a 50% chance I received the vaccine, and a 50% chance I received the placebo injection (a saline solution that should have no effect). Neither I nor the study doctor know which I received today. At the end of the study (we are all told it can last for up to 26 months), they will compare the vaccine and placebo groups to see if there are any differences in COVID-19 infections, side effects, and immune response.

Because I think now more than ever it’s important that we have ongoing discussions and transparency in science, I’m happy to answer any questions about my experiences during the trial. Science enthusiasts and skeptics alike can feel free to DM me if there’s anything you’d like to know about the study.

Not sure if this will be the vaccine (or one of several) to make it to market, but happy to have the chance contribute to science!
This is super cool. Thanks for contributing to the effort to fight the pandemic! 💪🏼