Covid-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial – What To Expect
This is not a sponsored post. There is no referral fee. I am just sharing my experience for those interested.
When I heard that AdventHealth was selected to participate in Phase 3 clinical trial of Janssen’s (Johnson & Johnson) investigational COVID-19 vaccine, I did research to find out how I could participate in this Covid-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial, since it was local. Over this past weekend I went ahead and signed up online. It was just one way I thought I could contribute to help move toward resolving what is going on in our world right now. If this is of interest to you, I highly recommend reading more info at the link above. If the website is not working (it can get busy), there is a phone number to call for more information located on that first page as well.
I filled out a short questionnaire online to see if I pre-qualified to come in. I could call or make an appointment online. I chose to make mine online for the very next day.
Once I arrived and parked, there were signs directing me to call and let them know I was there. Pretty much standard protocol at most doctors offices these days. Once they verified I had an appointment I came in, had my temperature taken, and filled out a short form. I was then asked if I wanted to stay for just one or two appointments that day. The first two appointments are as follows:
1st appointment: Read through the consent forms, ask questions, bloodwork, nasal swab, urine test for pregnancy, pre-qualification etc. This can take up to 2 hours.
2nd appointment: More info given, vaccine or placebo administered, and you then are monitored for a bit after receiving the vaccine or placebo. This can also take up to 2 hours.
I chose to do BOTH appointments at once to avoid driving back again and finding an appointment that would work, etc. My appointment in total took just over 3 hours. That can vary. If you’re a fast reader and have no questions, I’m sure you can finish much faster.
After filling out the initial form and making a copy of my license, I was taken to my own room. I was given a 33 page information/consent packet. This included information about the vaccine itself, possible side effects, amount of time the study would last (approximately 2 years), what each appointment would consist of, materials, and payment I will receive. Reading that took quite some time as I wanted to be thorough, and it was 33 pages! After I was done, an employee came in and went over the packet with me and I asked questions. Then we signed everything and I was then given a cup for a urine test. So, if you’re going to do this, females be sure to drink water prior to your visit!
Once that was done, a nurse came in. I was able to ask more questions if needed. The nurse then took my height, weight, and temperature. I was then asked to lie down for 5 minutes to rest. He wanted an accurate resting heart rate. After 5 minutes, they took my blood pressure, pulse ox, and heart rate.
I was given a box with a thermometer and a pulse oximeter so I could monitor at home. And I was given a take home Covid testing kit. Instructions were given on how to use each item. I was taught about an app on my phone that I would be using to document my vitals twice a week and to report any symptoms if they do arise. The box of goodies, my 33 page consent form, and a set of phone numbers were put into an Advent Health tote bag for me to take home.
Next was the nasal swab test. This was nothing like I was expecting. It was a breeze. No digging in the brain. No pain. In fact it tickled! I can take needles all day long, this swab is the only thing I was actually nervous about. And it was easy peasy.
After the swab, they drew my blood. You have the option of allowing them to take an extra tube of blood for genetic research. Totally up to you. I wanted to help in any way I can. So I agreed. And like I said, needles don’t bother me at all. Once my blood was drawn, I received a bottle of water and we headed upstairs to wait for the vaccine or placebo.
I was in the room for a good 10-15 minutes waiting. I could see a few others walking in to different rooms near me with their tote bags, so I could see they were fairly busy. After the short wait, my nurse came back in and administered the vaccine or placebo. YOUCH. All along I was worried about the nasal swab. And I’ve had plenty of flu vaccines over the years that slightly burned. But this one was OUCH. Thankfully my nurse was quick and it was over in a second. I was taken to a waiting area so they could monitor me for 15 minutes just in case there were any immediate reactions to the vaccine. Once the 15 minutes was up I was escorted to a desk to make my next appointment (in 4 weeks) and I was done!
Post-vaccine or placebo
That evening I arrived home about 5:30pm. I felt just fine. About 24 hours later, I did feel a little blah. Not exactly sick, but blah. I’m not sure how to explain it. A little bit tired and just was not feeling 100%. Very slight headache, no temperature at all. I went to my daughters softball game and when I got home, I felt worse and had the chills. Still no temperature, just lethargic, headache, and those chills. I fell right asleep when I laid down and woke up 100% fine the next day. The only thing I noticed was the injection site is still pretty sore. All of the above makes me think I actually received the vaccine and not the placebo.
Unfortunately, I will not know until the end of the trial (2 years) if I received the vaccine or a placebo. But as I said above, I am pretty certain I received the vaccine.
I’m sure many of you want to know the payment. I believe each phase is different and depending on what you qualify for, the payment is different. You’rw basically given payment for your time and travel.
If you have questions about this visit https://www.adventhealthresearchinstitute.com/research/infectious-disease/clinical-trials/ensemble or for questions on what to expect, you can email me: couponersunited @ gmail.com (no spaces)
ALSO – If you have Covid now or someone you live with has Covid right now, there are studies that you may qualify for. Leave a comment for info or email me:
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