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North Dakota to study COVID-19 immunity from vaccines, prior infection

Officials say the project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is launching a study with the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University to better understand immunity to COVID-19.

State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi said the project funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will examine population immunity against COVID-19 gained from the vaccine and natural infection. Wehbi said the project will also shape public health responses to COVID-19 and future emergencies.

A random sample of North Dakotans will receive written surveys in the mail asking about their COVID-19 experiences and thoughts on how public health agencies and the health care system responded to the pandemic.

A separate group of residents from Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be asked to complete the survey and provide blood and saliva samples three times over 18 months.

Participation in the survey is confidential and voluntary, and those who choose to answer the survey can pull out at any time, according to a news release. Participants in the survey will be eligible to receive a small monetary reward.


More information about the study can be found here:

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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