Since the call out was made over 300,000 people have signed up to help support the NHS's vaccine research to find an effective vaccine for Covid19.
The studies have been going well but if you have signed up and not heard much yet, do not worry. Invites are going out around the country for very specific schemes. Right now the phase three testing for the US company Novavax are taking place, individuals are screened through forms and questionnaires, then some are invited for a blood test, Covid19 swab test and pregnancy test (if you can have children) and if all goes well, you can be called into a 6-session programme.
The programme involves two injections over a period of three weeks and lots of journaling in between. Tests are then taken to see whether you have an increase in antibodies. The injection you receive may be the vaccine or a placebo (you aren't told during the testing) but the team maintain regular contact with you. If at any point you have Covid19 symptoms you are prioritised for testing, similarly if you have any adverse side effects. So far results have been good, albeit with a few headaches reported...The research continues....
The current phase three testing for Novavax taking place over the next 13 months has a few key-sites in Blackpool, Bradford, London, Stockport, Glasgow and Belfast, with more to come. Testers must be over 18 but the NHS wants to hear from people from all walks of life and background. This includes the over 65s and those who have other underlying health conditions - testing has to be wide to ensure that any vaccines developed work for as many people as possible.
Phase three trials for the AstraZeneca vaccine also continue at the University of Oxford with participants being pulled from the NIHR pool of volunteers. There are several more studies for potential vaccines expected before the end of this year and early next year.
There are also numerous other studies taking place on treatments, prevention and after-care for those who have had Covid19.
So if you're interested - get involved, you can sign up using the link below:
If successful we could see vaccines being delivered to the general public in early 2021, to help us all get back to normality, safely.