Paid vaccine study opens for UI students

By Ethan Simmons

The UI has invited students to participate in a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and National Institutes of Health to understand COVID transmission after vaccination.

Participants in the study, called “PreventCOVID,” will be given the Moderna vaccine and must continue testing for the virus. In exchange, participants may earn up to $997 after completion.

UI students 18-26 years of age who haven’t gotten COVID-19, haven’t been vaccinated and are willing to continue twice weekly testing on top of daily nasal swabs are invited to participate, preferably those who will be staying the Champaign-Urbana area.

All study participants will be fully vaccinated: half will receive their first shots in early April. Participants will have to log their symptoms in an e-Diary and self-administer nasal swabs every day, while also submitting twice weekly saliva tests.

Participants must recruit two unvaccinated contacts who will share information with researchers, entering any COVID symptoms once a week.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana will partner with the U of I to administer vaccines for the study.

The nasal swabs will continue for about 4 months. Students interested can fill out the web form at this link. The study begins April 1.

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