750 local volunteers register for COVID-19 vaccine studies
Cherwell District volunteers step forward to help in the search for a effective vaccine
750 volunteers from the Cherwell District have signed up to a new NHS website to receive information on COVID-19 vaccine studies they could take part in. The NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry website will help recruit thousands of people to trials, potentially leading to effective vaccines being identified and made available to the UK public earlier.
Across the UK more than 200,000 people have signed up, including over 3,900 in Oxfordshire.
Anyone aged 18 or over can register by providing personal and contact details and answering basic health screening questions.
Research shows some groups 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 65s, frontline workers and those from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Chief Executive of the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network Dr William van’t Hoff said: “I’m really grateful to the volunteers who have signed up to the NHS vaccine registry.
“I also want to praise the staff from the research community, NIHR and NHS, who have worked so well in partnership to achieve rapid recruitment into trials to tackle COVID-19.
“I would encourage everyone who hasn’t already signed up to look at the website and consider whether they would like to join the register, before the large-scale vaccine trials start in the coming weeks.”
You can sign up online at www.nhs.uk/researchcontact