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Company starting Monroe COVID-19 vaccine trials August 26th

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Clinical Trials of America will start COVID-19 vaccine trials in Monroe on August 26th.

CEO Jeb Andrews said they will be doing trials for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Andrews said they could get up to 1500 doses of the vaccine, but people would need to enroll quickly.

“Because John Hopkins and a lot of other places are involved in the study, so if they get their numbers before Monroe gets their numbers, we get less doses,” he said.

According to Andrews, more than 300 people have signed up so far.

After getting the first dose, they would get a booster shot about a month later. There will be seven visits in total over two years, six in the first year, and one at the end of the second.

“There are also two telephone calls. So the people get $100 each time they come in for a face to face visit and they get $50 just for answering the phone and talking to a coordinator for a few minutes and finding out how they’re doing basically,” said Andrews.

Andrews said results from previous testing phases look good.

“I’ve read the phase one and phase two results, and we can’t get into that too heavily because a lot of that is kind of proprietary information, but it looks really good, and the safety profile looks even better,” he said.

The worst they’ve seen is some redness and soreness at the injection site.

And despite the conspiracy theories, Andrews wanted to remind people that no, they aren’t microchipping people.

“And we’re trying to come up with something that gets our kids back in school, gets our people back to work, lets us go out to eat at a restaurant, and all that type of thing. So, you know, we have got over thirty physicians, local physicians that have signed up, and that ought to tell the folks something because they understand the scientific process.”

Andrews said if someone comes in feeling sick, they’ll get a free nose swab test, and a monitor to wear on their arm. It’ll keep up with temperature, heart rate, and other signs of symptoms, and can alert the AstraZeneca team monitoring them if it seems like they need to go to the hospital.

For more information on eligibility for the vaccine trials, click here.

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