The next phase of the coronavirus vaccine study begins at St George’s Hospital this weekend, when recruiting opens to participants from older age groups, including those aged 56 to 69 years and older.
The team is very excited to recruit participants from the local area.
This part of the study will evaluate the immune response to the vaccine in people of different ages, to find out if there are variations in the way the immune system responds in older people.
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As with the previous phase of the study, half of the participants will receive the new coronavirus vaccine, while the other half will receive a control vaccine designed to prevent meningococcal disease.
Eligible volunteers will be booked for a screening visit where a blood test is done to see if they have previously been exposed to the virus. Those who do not have it will therefore benefit from vaccination.
Participants will then be followed up by doctors 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after vaccination and will also be observed if they report symptoms of possible Covid-19.
The process is designed and organized by the University of Oxford and managed by researchers and clinicians at St George’s University and Hospital Trust as one of many sites across the country.
The team hopes to see a significant reduction in coronavirus cases in those receiving the new vaccine compared to the control vaccine.
Professor Paul Heath, who is helping to conduct the trial at St George’s, said that the next phase of the trial “will bring us closer to understanding both the safety of the vaccine and its ability to prevent coronavirus.”
However, he warned that it will take “several months” before we have enough data to see if the vaccine works, depending on the transmission rate of the virus in the UK.
“We are working as quickly and safely as possible to find out more and hopefully make a vaccine available,” he said.
This study is part of 13 studies conducted on the site to address the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), St George’s, University of London and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is leading the country for urgent public health studies on coronavirus, together with Southampton General Hospital.
Other studies include testing different treatments as part of the national RECOVERY study, developing rapid antibody tests for the disease and understanding whether pregnant mothers can pass on coronavirus to their babies in the womb.
St. George’s academics also worked on a new guide published today in the British Medical Journal (May 22), which recommends primary care practitioners to consider patient screening for loneliness, depression and anxiety to prevent and mitigate. the mental health effects of social distancing.
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They suggested remote consultations and the social prescription of online exercises and dance lessons could help those who struggle.
Further details on how to volunteer for the process are available here.
Potential participants should select “London Sites” and register to participate in St George University Hospital .
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