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Take part in a research study to help find further COVID-19 vaccines – sign up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry

Even though approved COVID-19 vaccines are being successfully delivered across the population, we need to continue research into COVID-19 vaccines, to see how best to protect communities and the population as a whole. Studies that are underway or being planned include:

  • new vaccines, so there are enough vaccines to protect everyone
  • special groups, such as pregnant women, children and young adults, and those with a weakened immune system
  • how best to use existing vaccines, looking at dose of vaccine, the interval between giving the first and second doses, and whether the brand/type of vaccine given for first and second doses makes a difference to effectiveness
  • giving flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine
  • booster vaccines or third doses
  • vaccines against new variants of COVID-19.

We are encouraging people in Somerset to play a part in helping to identify further COVID-19 vaccines, by signing up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry.

Dr James Gagg, our emergency medicine consultant, said: “The UK has been a world leader in its research to combat COVID19. Even with the medical breakthroughs already seen, it is still vital that further research continues. This includes research into more vaccines so that both locally and globally we can keep ahead of this illness, this registry is one vital way you can contribute to this.”

If you take part in the study, you can still have an approved vaccine when you are invited. There are arrangements in place to make sure anyone taking part in research is not put at a disadvantage in getting a vaccine.

The National Institute for Health Research is working with the NHS to put people in touch with the vaccine studies 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.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But, by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly - which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

Sign up today by clicking here.