My ‘trial’ vaccine dose was the real thing

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, a participant in the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine study, learned on Wednesday that she was among those who had received an actual dose – not a placebo – on the very first day. (Courtesy photo)   By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Tri-State Defender  
In a randomized, double-blind study that uses a placebo as a control group, you don’t know from the onset whether you received the substance under scrutiny or an innocuous, salt-water shot that looks like it could be the real thing.

It’s either all or nothing – 50/50.

You’re protected from the ravages of COVID-19, or you are not. The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine study was being tested at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Dec. 14, I became one of 180 test subjects


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