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VA NY Harbor selected for COVID-19 vaccine trial

Photo of the AstraZeneca vaccine clinical trial study team at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

Photo of the AstraZeneca vaccine clinical trial study team at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

By VA New York Harbor Public Affairs
Friday, December 11, 2020

NEW YORK — The VA New York (NY) Harbor Healthcare System is offering a clinical trial at their Manhattan Campus for the COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by AstraZeneca. Veterans (men and non-pregnant women over 18) who receive care at any VA can enroll in the study, with special focus on:

  • People at high risk for COVID-19 infection
  • Frontline staff and essential workers
  • People with underlying medical conditions
  • Communities most impacted by COVID-19

The more participants we have from the above categories, the better researchers will understand if the investigational vaccine is truly safe and effective. 

Can I get COVID-19 from the investigational vaccine?

You cannot get COVID-19 from the investigational vaccine or the placebo used as part of the study. That is because the investigational vaccine does not contain any live or killed virus. For more information about the AstraZeneca clinical trials, including the investigational vaccine being testing, visit www.astrazeneca.com/covid-19.html.

Will the investigational vaccine make me higher-risk for COVID-19?

The investigational vaccine will not increase your risk of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. However, some people are more likely to become more seriously ill than others, such as older adults and people with underlying health conditions. The investigational vaccine will not increase your risk of complications if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.

What if other vaccines become available to the public?

Participation in this study will not prevent you from getting other vaccines if they become available to the public and you qualify to receive them. That said, COVID-19 vaccines may not be available to most of the public for the next few months.

How can I sign up for this study?

Anyone interested in participating in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System’s Manhattan Campus should sign up for VA’s coronavirus research volunteer list at www.va.gov/coronavirus-research. To contact the AstraZeneca study team at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, please call 212-686-7500 x6466.

Signing up for the volunteer list does not guarantee enrollment into the trial. Volunteers will be contacted if they appear to meet the trial’s eligibility criteria or seem like a good match for another COVID-19 study at their local VA.

Veterans who live too far from the VA’s Manhattan Campus but want to volunteer for other COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in their area can register with the Coronavirus Prevention Network at www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org.

To learn more about other VA research efforts on COVID-19, visit https://www.research.va.gov/covid-19.cfm.

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