The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a nationwide effort to recruit volunteers to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials at select VA facilities across the country.
More than 50 VA medical centers are participating in trials to test vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
“Volunteering for our trials is a way people can help our country more quickly find vaccines and treatments to end the pandemic and get life back to normal,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a release.
Vaccines being studied by VA include candidates developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen. VA’s trials for COVID-19 treatments include Remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies, Tocilizumab and others.
Moderna recently announced an efficacy rate of 94% for its vaccine and Pfizer earlier said its vaccine is 90% effective in preventing the virus.
VA’s volunteer list is open to both veterans and non-veterans who are18 years old or older. Volunteers go through an informed-consent process that ensures they understand the risks and benefits to joining a study before they decide to participate.
Sign up for the VA’s volunteer list here.