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December 7, 2020

A Nursing Researcher’s Experience in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2Department of Health Policy & Management, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(2):157-158. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.7087

I was scrolling through Instagram in early August 2020 when I saw an advertisement that caught my attention. Usually, I swipe past these without a second glance, but this was for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine trial. It was recruiting participants for the highly publicized phase 3 trial of a new vaccine, BNT162b2, that had shown promising results earlier in the year. As a nurse and researcher who has encountered social media recruitment in my own work—and has closely followed the COVID-19 vaccine trials—I was curious to see how Pfizer planned to convince 30 000 people in the US to volunteer. I clicked on the advertisement.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Positive response to vaccine reactions
    James Dickinson, MBBS PhD | Department of Family Medicine, U Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Patient response to vaccines depends on how we frame it. For the Herpes Zoster Vaccine, I warn patients that they may have a reaction, and that this is a positive since it shows that their immune system is responding as we want it to. Most patients take precautions, and have their vaccine before a day when they have no major plans. This way complaints are minimal.
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