There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tested at the moment, but only large scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.
The NIHR is working with the NHS and aims to recruit half a million people onto the registry by October, which will allow people to be put 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 to take part in vaccine studies. This is to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.
Important to remember:
- The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK.
- Signing up is your choice, you can change your mind and withdraw at any time.
- By signing up, you give permission for researchers to contact you about taking part in NIHR approved UK COVID-19 studies - you are not signing up to take part in those studies.
- You will be asked for your name, date of birth, postcode, sex registered at birth, gender and ethnic grouping. There are also some questions around your health that will help identify if you are suitable for particular studies.
- Information will only be shared with researchers working on UK COVID-19 vaccine studies, approved by the NIHR.
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.