Local COVID-19 vaccine trial recipient speaks out

Posted at 5:29 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 08:22:36-05

While misinformation is spreading about the COVID-19 vaccines, one local woman who took part in a vaccine trial is speaking out in order to encourage others to get the vaccine.

Libbie Crawford, 64, said she believes in science, so when she saw a billboard in Eastgate advertising the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial, she signed up to help.

"For me it was important because my sister has an auto-immune disease, two of my really good friends have auto-immune diseases," Crawford said.

Crawford requested to be unblinded from the trial so she knows she got the vaccine and not a placebo. She said she had some minor adverse effects like a sore arm and a headache, but nothing major after receiving both vaccine shots.

Crawford said she believes in what researchers are doing to help society, and she wanted to help in whatever way she could.

"The better information that we can have on these kinds of things and for people like me who don't have any underlying health conditions, if we can forward the cause of science, that's important," Crawford said.