Over 5,000 signed up to the COVID-19 Vaccines Research Registry in Leeds
22 September 2020
Over 5,000 people in Leeds have signed up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry, NHS Digital Figures show.
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.
With 250,000 people signed up across the UK so far, Leeds tops the chart for most people registered in a local authority, while over 23,000 have registered in the Yorkshire & Humber region.
In June, 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.
Speaking about this milestone, Professor Chris Twelves, Director of the Leeds Clinical Research Facility at LTHT said: “The people of Leeds have certainly put the city on the map nationally for its engagement in health research, by registering in such numbers on the vaccine registry.”
“I would like to thank all of those who have signed up so far and encourage more people to do so.”
“There will be an update in the coming weeks for people who have signed up in the Leeds region to provide them with more details about the studies that will be coming to the city and how to take part.”
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of the Leeds Outbreak Control Board, said: “It is extremely positive news that 5,000 people have now signed up for vaccine research in Leeds.
“If we are to see long-lasting positive change in the fight against coronavirus across the world, the development of a vaccine is essential. These vaccine research trials are therefore extremely important, and I would anyone interested in registering to do so as soon as possible.
To find out more about COVID-19 Vaccines and to register visit www.nhs.uk/researchcontact.