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250 People Register for Covid Vaccine Trial at AMU’s Medical College

JNMCH, Aligarh

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Aligarh, November 15— As many as 250 people have registered themselves for Covid vaccine trial at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital (JNMCH) of Aligarh Muslim University.

“All applications will be screened as per the protocol and procedure laid down by ICMR before inclusion in the study/trial,” said Prof Mohd Shameem, Principal Investigator for Covaxin phase 3 trial at JNMCH.

“The resource persons from Bharat Biotech will visit AMU in the coming days for training of staff for the vaccine trials,” he further said.

Prof Shameem informed that the registration is moving satisfactory but there is an exclusion as well as inclusion criteria and other detailed procedural/protocol formalities for the COVAXIN trial. He informed that written consent and other related formalities will be completed in due course of time.

Prof Shameem further said that the Vice-Chancellor of AMU Prof. Tariq Mansoor had volunteered himself for Phase-3 trial of COVID-19 vaccine “Covaxin” but he may not be able to participate in the trials on medical grounds.

“According to the protocol for the trial, “person participating in the trial should not have taken any licensed/experimental vaccine within 4 weeks before enrolment in the study”. On perusal of his recent medical history by the Principal Investigator, it has come to light that a few days back, the Vice-Chancellor was administered influenza vaccine (Fluarex-Tetra), which is administered to him annually. Since his case falls in the exclusionary criteria according to the protocol for the vaccine trial, he may not be able to participate in the trials, and hence his name will not be included in the initial study period of the trial,” said AMU PRO in a media statement.

Meanwhile, JNMCH is planning to open “Out-Patient Department (OPD)” in a phased manner. The Principal of JNMCH Professor Shahid Ali Siddiqui will consult the university authorities and chairpersons and decision may be taken in the next few days depending upon the COVID-19 situation, staff position and availability of resources. Till now the various OPDs were working through on-line mode (Telemedicine).

The Principal informed that OPDs will open with proper mandatory precautions such as Social Distancing, Hygiene, Sanitation, wearing of masks etc.

Opening of OPDs will also help in enrolment of subjects for the Covid-19 trial.

JNMCH, established in 1962, is a 1269 bedded tertiary care hospital which is providing affordable medical care to all especially to the economically weaker sections.