Leeds Tops UK For COVID-19 Vaccine Research Sign Ups
19 August 2020
Today NHS Digital Figures show that Leeds (3,940) is the highest recruiting Local Authority District in the UK for its residents signing up to the COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry.
The NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry is an online service allowing members of the public to register their interest in Covid-19 vaccine studies and be contacted to participate in future clinical trials.
Earlier this month Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) launched a city-wide multidisciplinary COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Delivery Team, working alongside its partners Leeds Community Health NHS Trust, Leeds CCG, Leeds and York Partnership Trust, Leeds GP Confederation and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, to put together the resources and infrastructure required to recruit large numbers of participants, in Leeds, Harrogate and York.
So far over 6,600 people across Leeds (3,940), Harrogate (1,395) and York (1,345) have registered with the Vaccine Research Registry.
Speaking about the figures Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has signed up to be part of COVID-19 vaccines research.
“An effective vaccine against the coronavirus is key to end the devastating impact the virus has had on the world and will help restore normality within the NHS.
“For this to happen it's important for large-scale vaccine studies that we get as many people as possible from our community to sign up to take part, to give researchers a better understanding of the effectiveness of each vaccine.”
“Our aim as a Trust to start vaccine trials in October this year in Leeds, Harrogate and York. To find out more about COVID-19 Vaccines and to register visit www.nhs.uk/researchcontact.”
Dr Ruth Burnett, GP and Medical Director for both Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the Leeds GP Confederation said: “Working together, LCH and the GP Confederation are supporting a true city-wide approach. It means that eligible patients at any GP practice in Leeds will be able to take part in the trial. Opening up access to all eligible patients means that people from the communities that have been disproportionately affected by Covid19 will have the opportunity to take part in the vaccine trials.
“This is a key step in our aim to open out the opportunity for participation in research to all patients in the city, without putting an increased burden on an already stretched primary care system.”
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of the Leeds Outbreak Control Board, said:“I’d like to thank everyone who has signed up for vaccine research in Leeds. We’re leading the way in the UK and there has been tremendous community spirit during this pandemic, which has ensured we have stayed ahead of the virus.
“A vaccine is essential for the world to be able to move forward from Covid-19 and I would urge others to register for vaccine research trials if they are able to do so.”
Dr Jacqueline Andrews, Executive Medical Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, adds: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has signed up to the campaign so far. So many people from the Harrogate district have signed up already. We really appreciate your support."