Leading the team is Sarang Yoon, DO, MOH, a professor with the University of Utah and Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health who has significant experience researching COVID-19. She said this study, called BEEHIVE (Booster Epidemiological Evaluation of Health, Illness, and Vaccine Efficacy), is likely to yield valuable knowledge that can aid in the development of more effective vaccines.
“Our team is excited about launching this project and looking forward to gaining valuable insight into COVID-19 boosters,” she said. “None of it is possible without our participants, so we’re grateful for everyone who helps out with this effort. I hope people know that their participation truly matters and helps us perform research that, at the end of the day, will hopefully help people.”
People who join the study can earn up to $550 in compensation based on the length of their participation. Receiving a COVID-19 booster vaccine is not a requirement, but participants may choose to get one as part of the study. Participation entails completing online surveys at the beginning, middle, and end of the project, as well as reporting symptoms of illness through online surveys when sick.
The BEEHIVE project is the latest of four large-scale vaccine studies Yoon and her team have conducted in the last three years. Two of the previous studies were focused on COVID-19, and another examined the efficacy of influenza vaccines. Those studies resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications, including two in The New England Journal of Medicine, the most prestigious medical journal in the world.
Anyone interested in participating in the study can learn more and sign up at beehivestudy.com or by contacting the research team at email@example.com or 801-203-0320.