More volunteers from Kent, Surrey and Sussex are needed to sign up to NHS COVID-19 vaccine register
Over 200,000 people have now signed up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine registry, helping to speed up efforts to discover safe and effective vaccines. This includes thousands of people from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, meaning they will be amongst the first in the world to be contacted with details about the large-scale vaccination trials starting in the coming weeks and invited to take part. But more people are needed to join the thousands of people who have already volunteered to help in the fight against coronavirus.
Professor Martin Llewelyn, lead for infection and urgent public health research within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network commented: “I would like to thank the thousands of people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who have already joined the NHS vaccine register and want to do their bit to help us find effective vaccines sooner.
“People who have joined the NHS vaccine register will be the first to hear when the trials start recruiting in our area. If you haven’t already, I’d urge you to sign up today through www.nhs.uk/researchcontact.
“There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find a vaccine to protect us all more quickly.”
To enable large-scale vaccine studies to take place across the UK, the aim is to get as many people as possible signed up to the register by October. NHS and research officials are working with scientists and the organisations behind development of the different vaccines, with the aim of bringing at least one and possibly several vaccines to the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex for testing in the autumn.
Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK, including both people with or without existing health conditions, to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone. Research has found that certain groups of people are more likely to catch the virus or suffer severe illness as a result, so those who are most likely to benefit from vaccines are particularly invited to sign up. These include over the 65s, frontline workers and those from the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Clinical studies with a diverse group of volunteers will help scientists and researchers better understand the effectiveness of each vaccine candidate and will considerably speed up efforts to discover a safe and workable vaccine.
If you have any queries or would like more information, visit www.bepartofresearch.org.