How did you first hear about Velocity?
I’ve heard radio ads for Velocity previously, but for this study, I saw a Facebook advertisement that caught my eye.
Why did you choose to participate in a research study?
I saw a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial advertised on Facebook. I wanted to help further the research to end the pandemic as quickly as possible. I have a strong science background and understand the importance of research.
What was the process like?
I filled out a survey online to see if I qualified for the study. I was then quickly contacted by a Velocity representative to go over the details of the study and answer more questions to determine if I was a good candidate. That call took about 30 minutes. Then, my first visit to the clinic was scheduled.
During that first visit, the details of the study were thoroughly explained to me, they answered my questions, I filled out and signed all the study paperwork, and was examined by a doctor. My vitals, saliva, and blood samples were taken. Then the study vaccine was administered, and I was observed for 30 minutes for reactions. My vitals were taken again, I was given a study diary to fill out for a week, and my 5 follow up visits were scheduled. Everyone was very friendly and answered all my questions. They were very thorough in their questions and examinations. I felt comfortable and safe participating in the study.
Follow-up visits have consisted of answering questions, and having vitals, saliva and blood samples taken. Being compensated after each visit has been a very nice perk.
What did you think of clinical trials before participating?
I’ve always understood the importance of research and clinical trials. I’ve wanted to participate in one for quite a while.
How has your experience differed from what you originally expected?
Not much. I’ve been pleased with the staff at Velocity. They are friendly and competent. I knew what to expect before I went.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering participating in a clinical trial?
I would strongly suggest they look into it. Finding a study to qualify for usually isn’t that hard. At least submit your name and be contacted. Find out all the details, see if you would be a good fit and if it’s something you would feel comfortable doing. If you decide against it, that is ok. At least learn about it first.