Three times lucky: how I got a triple dose of AstraZeneca

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Three times lucky: how I got a triple dose of AstraZeneca

I’ve come a long way from taking my first jab when scientists hoped for a vaccine that was at least 50% efficacious

Senior features writer

Three times lucky. That’s how I feel after getting my third shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as a volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial at UCT on World Vaccine Day, May 18.

The trial visit started at 8am on Tuesday, with the usual health checks and a Covid-19 test. By 8.30am I am in suspense, waiting while research sister Londiwe Ndlovu runs a pen down a list of hundreds of numbers on stapled sheets.

Each number is allocated to a vaccine trial participant signed up at the UCT Lung Institute trial site. Next to the number is information indicating whether the volunteer got two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine last year or two shots of a saltwater placebo in the ChAdOx2 nCoV-19 trial...

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