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COVID-19 Vaccine Research

Volunteer for a COVID-19 Vaccine at UTMBHelp our scientists in their efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Our Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences is recruiting healthy volunteers ages 18-85 for a COVID-19 vaccine study. Participants must be available for about 7 scheduled visits over 24 mos. 

Every modern vaccine and medicine we have today was studied in hundreds to thousands of people before becoming available to the public. Involving people from all backgrounds  improves the development of any vaccine for everyone. Joining a clinical trial is an important and personal decision. We hope it is one you will consider.

Interested? Call 409-772-5278 or 832-340-2313, or email

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A recent headline in the Houston Chronicle posed an intriguing question: "UTMB once helped defeat Ebola. Can it replicate that success with coronavirus?"

It's an urgent priority. Every day, the number of COVID-19 infections continues to grow and the death toll continues to mount.

At UTMB, we're hard at work on a solution. UTMB's research talent is at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases, including this newest coronavirus.

COVID-19As one of only two laboratories of its kind in the United States, our Galveston National Laboratory was established in 2009 to provide advanced research on and develop countermeasures against the world's worst infectious diseases. Throughout the lab, UTMB researchers are attacking the virus on several fronts:

  • We're hard at work on a vaccine.
  • We're developing a better test that can detect asymptomatic carriers of the disease.
  • And we've devised a tool for rapid evaluation of the antibody-inducing capabilities of potential vaccines, reducing the time it takes to get a vaccine to market.

But that work is resource intensive. Without philanthropic support from dedicated individuals, life-saving advances like these are elusive.

We know many are facing trying times. Lives have been upended. Livelihoods have been compromised, and communities have been torn apart.

If you can, please consider investing in a solution and helping us restore hope.

Healthy Families and Community

Keep Yourself Healthy

First, one major way to help is to do everything you can to keep yourself healthy and out of our care. The fewer people that get sick, the better we’ll be able to manage this crisis and return to pre-COVID life. So wash your hands, practice social distancing, wear a facemask and get your COVID vaccine. Listen to the guidance and instructions from your local government and public health officials.

Get your COVID-19 Vaccine

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Help Each Other

The negative impact on families, businesses, jobs and livelihoods caused by the pandemic is unprecedented, and still evolving. People, even healthy ones, need help. Consider supporting local restaurants who are offering takeout, buy gift certificates to businesses that are temporarily closed. Reach out to local social service agencies to find ways to safely support their efforts.

Go online to explore ways to put your time and/or dollars to help.

Contact US

Have a question or suggestion for us?

Contact our UTMB COVID-19 Community Outreach Team at

Together, we’ll WORK WONDERS to get through this.
Thank you.