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Streetsboro council member shares his experience with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial

Posted on December 28, 2020


A Streetsboro City Council member might have been among the first Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine months ago, but he still doesn’t know for sure.

Streetsboro City Council member John Ruediger was one of the 30,351 people who participated this summer in the clinical study for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, which recently won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration for emergency use.

However, since the study was double-blinded, Ruediger doesn’t actually know whether he received the vaccine or a placebo.

“The reason I did this was, I wasn’t working because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I had time on my hands to kill,” he said. “I thought if I could do anything to help us all get back to normal quickly, I was willing to do it.”

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