Joining A Study

The COVID Vaccine Volunteer Registry was created to accelerate the ability for us to indentify and contact people who might be interested in joining a clinical trial.

What is the registry?

The registry helps local reseachers connect with community members who want to help others and are interested in clinical studies.


The registry is made possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

What can I expect?

1. Click the Volunteer button and complete the online health survey.

2. Researchers at a study clinic in your area will contact you when they have a study that may be a good fit. This may happen immediately, in a few months, or even a year.

3. You can get all your questions answered before deciding whether or not to participate in a study.

4. Participants in clinical studies are compensated for their time. The amount depends on the study and its requirements.

How can I participate?


1. Sign up to join the registry. A local research site will contact you to tell you more about the research being done.


2. You may be asked personal questions before coming into the research site to help determine if the studies that are open are a good fit for you.


3. We will give you and/or your legally authorized rep- resentative written information about the study, and you will have a detailed discussion with the study staff before making an informed decision about whether or not you want to join the study.


4. If you decide to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study, the study staff will determine if you are eligible to join. This can include things like asking about your medi- cal history and doing a physical exam. Sometimes a blood sample will be drawn for necessary lab tests.


1. Most COVID-19 vaccine studies require coming into the research site for approximately 8 visits over the course of 1 year.

2. Every study involves getting injections. You might get the experimental vaccine or your might get an approved COVID vaccine that is being used for comparison.

3. After getting injections, you will keep track of how you are feeling in a symptom diary. The study staff will also be in contact to check on how you’re feeling. The study staff will be in contact to check on how you’re feeling. You may also be asked to do nasal swabs at home and mail them to the lab (all supplies and pre-paid envelopes are provided).

4. If you get COVID-19 during the study, the staff will work with you to make sure you get the care you need. You may have some extra clinic visits to collect blood samples and nasal swabs.

5. Sometimes clinical studies are paused to help ensure the safety of participants. If this happens, the staff will explain the circumstances to you. You will be told about any new information learned from the safety pause.


1. When the COVID-19 vaccine study is complete, the results will be shared with all participants.

For more information please visit Clinical Studies.