Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

Posted at 2:01 AM, Jan 21, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — More potential COVID-19 vaccines to fight the pandemic still are being tested, and some researchers are driving mobile labs into neighborhoods to recruit diverse volunteers.

With scarce supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna shots, proving whether additional vaccines work is critical.

So is ensuring they're tested in communities of color that are hard-hit by the coronavirus yet have questions about vaccination.

A U.S. program offers researchers RV-sized mobile clinics that help volunteers enroll in studies of the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines without having to visit a doctor's office.

At the same time, researchers can answer general vaccine questions from passersby.