Older Australians willing to test a Covid-19 vaccine in a Phase 1 human trial stage at the University of Queensland will be reimbursed $2,300.
The University is recruiting nearly 100 volunteer Queenslanders aged 56 and over to help advance the vaccine, with Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Steven Miles, saying those who participated would be pivotal in saving Australians’ lives.
“As most people are now aware, Covid-19 appears to have a higher degree of disease severity in older individuals,” vaccine co-leader Professor Paul Young said.
“We’re looking to ensure that this vaccine candidate is safe for use in older people, and we’re hoping the people of Queensland can really get behind us and sign up.
“By conducting this expanded safety study, we’ll be able to gather key data to support the large-scale efficacy trials that our partners at CSL are planning to run in the near future.”
The trial is being conducted at Nucleus Network’s Brisbane clinic, with associate professor Paul Griffin saying 48 volunteers above 56 and 48 volunteers above 66 needed.
“We’d encourage anyone in this age bracket who would like to make a difference in this challenging time to get in touch and we can assess their suitability for this important trial,” Griffin said.
Participants are generally required to be in good health, and any existing medical conditions need to have been stable for the last few months.
Eligible volunteers will be asked to attend 11 output visits, but won’t be required to stay overnight at the facility. Multiple start dates are also available.
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