Omaha Analysis Clinic searching for individuals in vaccine trials

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Now that a vaccine is here, experts say that doesn’t mean no vaccination attempts are necessary.

“Pfizer came out and said they didn’t have enough vaccines to vaccinate the United States more or less around the world. So vaccines are evolving, ”said Seneca Harrison, CEO of Quality Clinical Research Inc.

Harrison said at least four other companies make their own COVID-19 vaccine.

As part of the Nebraska Distribution Plan, frontline workers are now being vaccinated. However, Harrison is looking for participants for another clinical study.

“Sanofi Pasteur released a vaccine earlier this year. We will register for this trial version in mid-January. The difference is that one is a protein base and the other is an RNA molecule, ”he explained.

Harrison said his research clinic had more than 300 participants in the Pfizer vaccine study. He said these new studies are just as important.

“The aim of participating in a research study is to ensure that these other vaccines work as well as Pfizer or the recently-approved Moderna vaccine,” Harrison added.

In the first study, Harrison said they had a minority stake of 35 percent, which exceeded their expectations. He hopes that more people of color will take these exams.

“We just have to make sure it works in every race and person, man, woman and child,” he said.

Those who take part in these studies will likely be monitored for two years to help researchers understand everything they need to know about COVID-19. Harrison said participants can leave the study at any time. Those who get the placebo in the Pfizer vaccine studies will eventually get the real vaccine.

He also said just because a vaccine is available doesn’t mean the fight against the virus is over.

“We really don’t know what the long-term effects of COVID are, or if the vaccines are having an effect. Or if, like the flu, we have to vaccinate again once a year. Or if this is just a one-time vaccination. “

Harrison said the only side effects he noticed at his facility were the same as a flu vaccine would have. These include chills, body pain, and fever. He said all of these symptoms lasted less than 48 hours.

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