The BBC's Richard Fisher describes in this article the realities and surprises of being in a Covid-19 vaccine trial. Fisher tells of watching a video that informs him of what to expect as a volunteer in the trial, including side-effects to be wary of. He learns that only 50% of the volunteers will receive the vaccine for Covid-19, and the other half will receive a meningitis/sepsis vaccine as the trial's control group. He reflects on how, despite feeling more informed on what he was getting into, he couldn't help feeling apprehensive about the rare but potentially fatal side-effects. He received his vaccine a week later. The next stage is weekly testing and questionnaires. Fisher goes in-depth on the ups and downs of being a volunteer in a vaccine trial in the midst of a pandemic.