Much of the medical community, including the World Health Organization, warns that during the COVID-19 pandemic erroneous or incomplete information regarding vaccines for the deadly virus has pervaded the public’s purview, and, consequently contributed to much of the population declining or pausing to get vaccinated. A documentary addresses this public perception by tracing the origins of vaccinations, explaining the science behind it and presenting compelling testimonials. Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus will be aired nationally beginning in July on PBS TV and other outlets.
Watch the trailer of the upcoming documentary, created by Emmy Award winning producer Chris Schueler.
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The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) was formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to respond to the global pandemic. Using the infectious disease expertise of their existing research networks and global partners, NIAID has directed the networks to address the pressing need for vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against SARS-CoV-2.
The network is seeking the assistance of pharmacists and pharmacy personnel to inform the public of the opportunity to participate in the clinical trials. More information and the link to volunteer can be found at the COVID-19 Prevent Network website.
There are materials available to pharmacists that can be used to share with patients, communities, family and friends. A special referral code (RXRX) has been created for individuals to include when signing up that identifies pharmacy as the source of referral and demonstrate pharmacy’s impact.
The development and release of effective vaccines against COVID-19 is dependent upon recruiting sufficient numbers of individuals to participate in the vaccine clinical trials, especially individuals within these targeted demographics:
People with underlying medical conditions
People with greater chances of exposure at their job
People who live or work in elder-care facilities
People over age 65
People who work in jails or prisons
People from racial and ethnic groups that have been impacted in greater numbers by the epidemic, such as African Americans, Latinx, and Native Americans
Individuals interested in volunteering complete a short online survey that includes some personal questions and entry into a registry. The purpose of the screening registry is to create a list of potential volunteers who want to take part in current or future COVID-19 prevention clinical trials. Individuals must be 18 years or older to participate. Participation is voluntary.
COVID-19 prevention study participants will be compensated for their time. COVID-19 prevention study participants CANNOT get infected with SARS-CoV-2 or get COVID-19 illness from the study vaccine.
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