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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.