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Meharry seeks minority volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 09:10:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Meharry Medical College is still recruiting volunteers from minority groups to participate in its COVID-19 vaccine trials.

DVL Seigenthaler said Tuesday that Meharry is recruiting “minority volunteers to ensure Black and brown communities are properly represented and given equal, quality care.”

Back during the summer, Meharry announced it would be working alongside the makers of a new COVID-19 vaccine by enrolling community members in the trial study. Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of the college, told NewsChannel 5 that more high-risk communities need to participate.

"It’s extraordinarily important that African-Americans or members of minority communities be a part of those trials because we need to know for sure that the vaccines are both safe and effective in that segment of the population," Hildreth told reporter Kelsey Gibbs.

Meharry said it would begin vaccine trials this month. Anyone who would like to take part in the trials can do so by calling 615-327-6820 or sending an email to rsingh@mmc.edu. You can also click here for more information.