VACCINE Q&A: If I am participating in a clinical trial, should I sign up to get the vaccine?

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Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 at 5:33 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A viewer who is participating in a clinical trial for AstraZeneca’s vaccine is unsure if he is receiving the actual vaccine, or the placebo.

He asks if he should sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

DHEC Interim Public Health Director Dr. Brannon Traxler said she would not recommend this individual get a vaccine, unless they withdraw from the clinical trial and discuss the matter with their healthcare provider. However, she said she would encourage the participant to complete the clinical trial.

“We are here today with two authorized vaccines for COVID-19 due to, number one, the amazing ability of the scientists to develop it, and number 2, to the tens of thousands of people who were willing to participate in clinical trials and help prove the safety and efficacy of these vaccines,” she said. “So I send my appreciation to them.”

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