Sign up to help us find a COVID-19 Vaccine

As Wakefield enters Tier 2 lockdown, it’s now more important than ever that local residents join the fight against COVID-19 – and you can play your part by signing up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry. Anyone 18 or over can sign up through the NHS website by visiting www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research – the process takes around 5 minutes.

As the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine continues, public services in Wakefield are encouraging residents to take part in these crucial research studies.

Dr Linda Harris, Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health, said:

“By joining the Vaccine Research Registry, we can all do our part to find an effective COVID-19 vaccine. Signing up is quick, simple and free; you can do it online and you’ll receive all the information you need if you choose to take part in a study. Researchers are looking for diverse groups of volunteers (including from BAME communities, frontline workers and over-65s), so everyone has a part to play.”

COVID-19 studies help researchers to understand which vaccines are most effective against infectious diseases. Across the UK, 250,000 people have already signed up to take part in Coronavirus research.

 A COVID trial for Wakefield?

Spectrum Community Health CIC, Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wakefield Council and other local partners are currently exploring the possibility of offering a COVID-19 vaccine trial in Wakefield.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The devastating impact that COVID-19 has had not just in this district but across the globe means that finding an effective vaccine is an absolute priority.

“To help make this happen, we need as many people as possible to sign up to take part in this crucial research. The more people that take part will enable researchers to get a better understanding of the effectiveness of each vaccine. I would urge all residents, who are able, to join this national effort to find an effective COVID-19 vaccine.”

Vaccine trials

In England, Coronavirus vaccine trials are led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in collaboration with local services. Visit their website to see a list of approved vaccine studies, which are updated weekly.

Judith Holliday, Head of Research at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“As a Trust one of our objectives is to provide excellent research, development and innovation opportunities particularly in conjunction with other healthcare organisations, all with the aim of ultimately improving our care. This project is a great opportunity for us to do just that.

“Developing a vaccine for Covid-19 is seen as a national priority and by encouraging the people of Wakefield to sign the registry it will give them the chance to have access to vaccines as they are being developed.”