Mayo Clinic Health System launches COVID-19 Vaccine Registry to recruit people for clinical trials

Eufemia Didonato

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) – With more promising COVID-19 vaccines being announced, Mayo Clinic Health System is making it easy for people to participate in upcoming clinical trials.

The health system launched a ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Registry’ on Monday.

People who are interested can add their name to the registry and will be contacted to determine if they are eligible to take part.

“In the coming months, Mayo Clinic will be holding trials at our campus in Rochester, Minnesota,” said David Phelan, M.D., principal investigator of the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. “We are starting this registry now so that when the time comes, we are positioned to quickly reach out to individuals who may be interested in participating. Our goal is to ensure scientific advances benefit our patients as quickly as possible.”

The registry will help streamline recruitment and screenings.

“We want to make sure that everyone in the community, including those who are most impacted by the pandemic, are aware of this registry and have the opportunity to decide if they want to be a part of it,” said Irene Sia, M.D., a Mayo Clinic health disparities researcher. “We need diverse participation if we want to find a vaccine that works for everyone.”

Right now vaccine clinical trials are only taking place at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, but Mayo officials say trials may expand to other locations.

Click here to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry online or call 507-293-3383.

The form is available in seven languages, including Anuak, Arabic, English, Khmer, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Mayo Clinic patients can also access the registry form through Mayo’s Patient Online Services.

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