Wessex COVID-19 Vaccine Hub

COVID-19 vaccine research workforce update- June 2021

A huge thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in supporting the work of our COVID-19 vaccine research hubs. Following an extended period of training, induction and onboarding, we have welcomed healthcare professionals and support staff to our research hubs in Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth. 

If you are keen to express an interest and have your details held on file for future opportunities, please complete our online form or contact comms.crnwessex@nihr.ac.uk

Finding COVID-19 vaccines for all

Following rigorous clinical trials and thorough analysis of the data by experts at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), approved COVID-19 vaccines are now being rolled out by the NHS.

These developments are a tribute to the global efforts of the life sciences industry, researchers and volunteers, underlining the importance of vaccine research.

It is thanks to all those involved that we have approved vaccines and encouraging news about other potential candidates. 

Finding multiple safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 is a top priority and part of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The importance of continued COVID-19 vaccine research

As the NHS rollout of approved vaccines progresses, research trials into other Covid-19 vaccine candidates continue. Different vaccines work in different ways and we still need to collect important information such as:

  • Which vaccines work best for different groups of people

  • How effective the vaccines are at preventing severe infection, infection as a whole and transmission

  • The best way to use vaccines

  • The number of doses required

Throughout 2021, the Wessex COVID-19 Vaccine Hub will deliver additional trials to ensure we can protect everyone from COVID-19.

For example, we'll be researching vaccines for children and young people under the age of 18. We'll also be exploring different combinations of approved vaccines and the interval between doses, in addition to the safety and effectiveness of long-acting antibody treatments in people who may not respond to vaccination, for example someone who has a compromised immune system. 

This vital research would not be possible without healthcare professionals and support staff from across the region. 

Paid and flexible opportunities for healthcare staff in Wessex

We're currently delivering COVID-19 vaccine trials across three sites in Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.

There are still a small number of opportunities to join our research teams. Please see our latest update at the top of the page. 

You do not have to be experienced in research to get involved, full training and support will be given to enable the safe and effective delivery of the trials.

Find out more about the typical roles within our research hubs and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

How can I get involved?

We'd love to hear from anyone who is interested in the roles we currently have available (please see top of this page) and are inviting expressions of interest for these roles using our online form

If you are currently employed, please discuss your intention to apply with your line manager prior to completing our form. Where applicable, you will be asked to provide your line manager’s contact details and they may be contacted by senior members of the Hub team to discuss your application.

For all queries, please contact the Hub team on comms.crnwessex@nihr.ac.uk