New NHS service enables people to sign up to be contacted for COVID-19 vaccine studies

This week a new NHS service has been launched so people across the UK can sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine trials.

The new NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into the trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective vaccine being identified and made available faster. The registry has been developed in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Digital, and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Governments and as part of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce project.

They aim to recruit over half a million people onto the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine trials in the coming months. 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.

You will have seen the positive early results from phases 1 of the Oxford Vaccine Group COVID-19 vaccine trial in the news this week. Public Health Wales led on the recruitment of participants within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Dr Chris Williams, Principal Investigator for Public Health Wales and lead for the vaccine trial in Wales, said: 

"The addition of the registry is an important development in identifying an effective vaccine. Our trial has been one of many helping to find out if the vaccine is effective in the wider population and the Welsh volunteers have been key to this. 

Having access to the new registry will enable the public to sign up to take part in a vaccine trial and help the NHS find a solution to the current pandemic”.

Contact Chris Williams or James Adamson for more information on their work.

There is no obligation to take part in any study and people who sign up can change their mind and remove their contact details from the registry at any time.

To find out more, visit: www.nhs.uk/researchcontact. More information about taking part in research and other opportunities to take part in COVID-19 research can be found at www.bepartofresearch.uk