Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

COVID-19 Vaccine Studies for Adults 18 to 85 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting COVID-19 vaccine research studies to learn if COVID-19 vaccines work to protect against the virus. These vaccines will NOT give you COVID-19.

Who can participate?

Adults 18 to 85 years old including healthcare providers, first responders, those with various health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma may be eligible to participate. Those with known HIV, Hepatitis B or C, or other problems with the immune system requiring treatment will not be able to participate.


  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • Vaccines
  • Healthy Adults

What will happen in the study?

These studies will involve up to 2 vaccines about a month apart, and at least 6 to 7 planned clinic visits. You will come to our clinic up to 4 to 5 times in the first 6 months. Follow up visits are at 1 year and 2 years after the vaccine. Here are some of the things that will happen in these studies:

You will:

  • Be asked about your health and any medicines you take
  • Have your temperature, height and weight measured
  • Have a blood draw at most study visits
  • Have nasal swabs done at some study visits
  • If female and able to have children, have pregnancy testing
  • Receive the COVID-19 study vaccine or placebo vaccine (decided by chance – like flipping a coin)– a shot in your upper arm - at two planned visits
  • Have study visits, nasal swabs, and additional blood drawn if you become ill with symptoms that could be COVID-19

You will be given a consent form and study handout that gives details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and answer all of your questions.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Being in these studies may not help you right now. When we finish these studies, we hope that we will know if the study vaccines work to protect against COVID-19.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

You may have pain, tenderness or redness where the vaccine was given, fever, headache, feeling tired, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Eligible participants will be paid for time and effort.


Contact Us.To see if you qualify, go to
or contact:
Gamble Program for Clinical Studies
Infectious Diseases
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Robert Frenck, MD
Infectious Diseases
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center