WKU Professor in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial: We Need Volunteers to Help Figure Out How to End This

Nov 28, 2020

WKU Professor Matt Woodward participated in Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trials.
Credit Lisa Autry

If you eventually get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a Western Kentucky University professor had a small hand in helping researchers learn more about how to create an effective vaccine.

Psychological Sciences Professor Matt Woodward took part in biotech company Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Woodward said he's been touched personally by the virus.  His parents and one set of grandparents, living in different states, contracted the virus at the same time shortly after he began participating in the trial.

Woodward took part in the study through Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.  He says he got two injections one month apart this fall, and has had no side effects.  He's unaware of whether he received the actual vaccine or was in the placebo group.


  

Moderna recently said its vaccine proved nearly 95 percent effective at warding off the coronavirus.