Have you or your children participated in clinical research before?
No, this was mine and my children’s first time participating in clinical research.
How did you first hear about Velocity?
I believe I heard about Velocity over either a radio or Facebook advertisement, I believe.
Why did you choose to participate in a research study?
We live in a rural place that was already experiencing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines for adults and I thought it was unlikely we’d be able to secure vaccines for my children when they became available. While my children were home from school during the beginning of the pandemic, it wasn’t as big of an issue, but when it came time for them to go back to school, I wanted to ensure my children could get vaccinated. My parents assist with childcare a few times a week, and I didn’t want my children exposing them to COVID-19.
It was a win-win for us overall because not only was I able to secure vaccines for my kids, but we also helped get an approved vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Their participation benefitted the rest of my community, and the world at large.
What was the process like?
During the height of the pandemic, it was a bit hectic, and I did experience some miscommunications initially. Once we were in the trial, however, we had as pleasant of an experience as possible when your children are getting shots and blood draws.
The nurses and doctors were very good with kids, and the phlebotomist was the best I’ve ever seen. My children sometimes didn’t even realize their blood was being drawn because she was so gentle and quick.
What did you think of clinical trials before participating?
I didn’t have an opinion one way or another. I never considered it for the money, or anything like that. I saw it solely as an opportunity to secure a vaccine for my children to protect my loved ones from the virus as things were opening.
How has your experience differed from what you originally expected?
There were fewer in-person visits than I expected. It’s mostly over the phone or on an app. My children love answering the questions on the app each week and take it both seriously, and with a bit of humor as the same questions are asked of them each week. They say out loud with me as I read them a question that includes the words, “without known cause” and giggle.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering participating in a clinical trial?
I think it’s important to thoroughly read through the informed consent documents, and to ask about whatever doesn’t make sense to you, especially any medical terms you might be unfamiliar with.