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UArizona Health Science to test effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine, immunity on college students

TUCSON (KVOA) - A University of Arizona study looking at re-infection and antibodies in front-line workers is now expanding to include some students.

AZ Heroes will examine the effectiveness of vaccines as new COVID-19 variants pop up around the globe.

“This new vaccine effectiveness aspect of the study will become even more important as COVID-19 variants with increased transmissibility emerge and expand globally,” said Jeff Burgess, MD, MPH, MS, principal investigator of the Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essential Workers Surveillance study, or AZ HEROES, associate dean for research and a professor at the UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and a member of the BIO5 Institute.

Scientists will test immune responses in pre and post-vaccination blood samples.

They are hoping to enroll 500 to 1,000 non-vaccinated UArizona students who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past.

Eligible college students can register here.

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