UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof first to receive COVID-19 vaccine in clinical trial

Over the next eight weeks, 1,600 people will take part in the study at University Hospital

By Gabriella Rusk, NBC15.com

A COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is now underway at UW Health. The Clinical Research Unit at University hospital is vaccinating the first participants in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 clinical trial.

The first one to receive an injection in Madison is Dr. Jeff Pothof, the UW-Health Chief Quality Officer. He says that because his professional life has been consumed with COVID-19 over the past few months, he felt called to be part of the solution.

“I just wanted to step up and be a part of that. I felt that was important for me,” said Dr. Pothof. “I feel it’s great to try and be a part of this and do what I can to try and make this pandemic go away.”

Pothof says he’s confident in the progress the vaccine has made so far from what early research indicates. Read more …