Family Health Centers of San Diego has partnered with UCSD and the COVID-19 Prevention Network to enroll potential volunteers who want to take part in current or future COVID-19 prevention clinical trials.
You may be eligible to participate in one or more of these research studies. If you agree, you will complete a questionnaire about yourself, your health and your living situation to see if you are eligible. Benefits of participation may vary but may include test results, treatments and/or compensation. All personal information is strictly confidential. Study participation is voluntary and done for research purposes only.
Before enrolling, please see instructions below.
When completing the enrollment form,
be sure to do the following:
For “How did you hear about us?” please choose Healthcare provider and for “You heard about us from which healthcare provider?” select Family Health Centers of San Diego.
FAQs: COVID-19 & Clinical Trial Study
Q Are vaccines safe?+
Yes. Although vaccines often have side effects, they are typically mild, like arm pain, and go away after a day or two. Additionally, although some people believe vaccines can cause autism, many studies have proven they do not.
Q Does COVID-19 only affect people from certain racial or ethnic groups?+
COVID-19 can affect anyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity. However, data has shown that it disproportionately impacts Black, Latinx and Native American communities. This is largely due to factors such as poverty, challenges with accessing medical care and limited resources.
Q Does a vaccine against COVID-19 already exist?+
There is no licensed vaccine against COVID-19. Scientists are working very hard to develop a vaccine and do the research to determine whether they are safe and effective against COVID-19.
Q Is joining a COVID-19 vaccine study like being a guinea pig?+
No. Unlike guinea pigs, people can say yes or no about joining a study. All study participants must go through a process called informed consent that ensures they understand all of the risks and benefits of being in a study. Additionally, anyone may choose to leave a study at any time without losing any of their rights or benefits.
Q Will study participants be given COVID-19 as part of the study?+
No. We will enroll people who are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. Some participants will get the vaccine, and some will get a placebo, which is a sterile saline solution that does not have any vaccine in it. We expect that some people will be exposed to the virus in their everyday lives and may become sick. We will compare the two groups to see if there are fewer people who get sick in the vaccine group. This is how we will know if the vaccine works.
Q Will I be able to tell if I received a placebo?+
No, neither the participant, nor the clinical study team will know who receives the vaccine and who receives the placebo. Only a select group of non-clinical study staff will have access to this information. All participants are strongly advised to continue all public health safety recommendations to minimize their risk of getting COVID-19.
Q Who will have access to an approved vaccine?+
Operation Warp Speed, a program of the U.S. government, is working to purchase enough COVID-19 vaccines to provide universal coverage for the country. There are five major vaccines being tested in U.S. government-funded studies. If only a few vaccines are effective, the government will establish recommendations for priority populations that should receive the vaccines first. This would be temporary until there are enough vaccine doses.
Q What happens if I get injured during the study?+
If you are injured as a direct result of participating in this study, UCSD will ensure that you are provided with the necessary medical treatment. The costs of the treatment may be covered by the University of California or the study sponsor or billed to you or your insurer just like other medical costs, depending on a number of factors. The University and the sponsor do not normally provide any other form of compensation for injury. For more information about this, you may contact the UCSD Human Research Protections Program at (858) 246-4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q Do study participants get paid?+
Yes, people who join a study are compensated. The amount per visit varies depending on how long the visit is and the procedures that take place. The details about compensation will be explained to you during the informed consent process.
Q What happens after I submit my survey to the Volunteer Screening Registry?+
When you have completed the online survey, you will see a thank you message confirming that we have successfully received your information, and we will contact you via your preferred method (phone or email). We will never ask for your financial, credit, or bank account information. We will never ask for an ID number over the phone. Depending on the number of people who have expressed interest in the study, it may take several weeks for us to contact you.