Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging constituents to sign up to the NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry, which aims to identify an effective vaccine that can be made available to the UK public earlier.
The registry has been developed as part of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Digital, and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Governments.
There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tested at the moment, but only large scale trials can give scientists the information needed about how effective they are.
The NIHR working with the NHS aims 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.
So far, 1475 people in Stockport and 720 people in Tameside have signed up to the registry.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Many people want to help the NHS in the fight against this virus, but are unsure how.
“This is a great way to help out. We urgently need a vaccine so that our lives can go back towards normality and this is a great way to help these efforts.
“Thank you very much to all of those who have already signed up.”
John Nother, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Chief Digital Officer, said:
“This new online service will be a vital tool in the fight against this disease as large scale vaccine studies get underway within the UK.
“The new system will enable researchers to quickly identify and match suitable and willing volunteers to appropriate vaccine trials. In doing so, it will bring enormous benefits, not only to the NHS and health researchers – but to everyone living in the UK.
“Signing up and giving your permission to be contacted means you may be amongst the first to find out about opportunities to take part in trials and the latest, cutting-edge COVID-19 vaccines.
“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 – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.”