West Monroe couple signs up for COVID-19 vaccine trials

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) – West Monroe couple Ariel King and Austin Hoggatt said they signed up for Clinical Trials of America’s COVID-19 vaccine trials because they saw an opportunity to make a difference.

“And we thought it was important that, you know, if there’s an opportunity to actually change something and do something about it, that we would take it,” said Hoggatt.

The couple said they’re both young and healthy enough to deal with any adverse effects, which, based on their research, are minimal.

“Since we qualified for it, we felt that that was a good way to contribute to the solution,” said King.

The CEO of Clinical Trials of America said the worst has been some redness and soreness at the injection site.

Hoggatt has a background in research for biomedical engineering. He said he understands the rigors these trials had to go through to get to this stage.

“This study wouldn’t run based on the standards set by the FDA if it was going to kill someone,” he said.

Conspiracy theories that people will be ‘microchipped’ have made the rounds on social media. The couple doesn’t buy it.

“I don’t really understand what the concern is with that from a society where the people that are making those complaints are likely doing on a Facebook app from their phone. Like, what do they think the government is going to implement further than we have already volunteered ourselves as far as information on us and our health and our personal details,” said King.

There’s only one thing they’re worried about.

“The only thing we’re worried about is not getting the vaccine, is getting the placebo, and not getting the vaccine.”

The CEO of Clinical Trials of America said 67 percent of participants will get the live vaccine. The company will see its first patient on August 26th.

Click here to find out more about the process of the trials and here for more on eligibility.

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