What to Expect When You Volunteer

Before, during, and after the study, we are here to answer your questions.

Before You Join a Clinical Study

  • When you contact us, we will tell you about the research we are doing and what studies we are currently enrolling.
  • You may be asked personal questions before coming into the research site to help determine if the studies that are open are a good fit for you.
  • We will give you and/or your legally authorized representative written information about the study, and you will have a detailed discussion with the study staff to assist in making an informed decision about whether you want to join the study or not.
  • Most studies require coming into the research site for 6 or more visits over 1-2 years.
  • If you decide to join, the study staff will determine if you are eligible to join. This can include things like asking about your medical history and doing a physical exam. Sometimes a blood sample will be drawn for necessary lab tests.

During the Study

  • Most studies require coming into the research site for 6 or more visits over 1-2 years.
  • Every study involves getting injections. You might get the study product we are researching, or you might get a placebo (a saline solution, also known as saltwater).
  • When you are enrolled in the study, we will check in with you about a week after each injection to find out how you are feeling.
  • Volunteers will not be exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus as part of the study. These are studies of preventive vaccines that we hope will keep people healthy.
  • If you become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and become ill with COVID-19, the study staff will work with you to make sure you get the care that you need. We will also ask you to have extra visits in the first weeks after infection.

After the Study

  • We may ask if we can contact you again for another study.
  • When the study is complete, the results will be disseminated to all participants and their communities without any identifying information.