Issue 147    Sept 1st   to December 1st 2020

Could you help the NHS promote a new service for people to be signed up to be contacted about taking part in COVID-19 vaccine studies? The NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into the trials over the coming months, potentially leading to a vaccine against coronavirus earlier.

Users register through the NHS website and researchers can then contact them up to ask if they wish to take part in relevant vaccine trials. There is no obligation to take part when contacted and people can withdraw at any time.

It has been developed as part of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Digital, and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Governments.

As the Thames Valley branch of the NIHR’s research delivery arm, we are writing to ask if you could help promote this service. You can do this through:

  • Social media: sharing this post on Twitter and this post on Facebook.
  • Articles: publishing the below article in any communication outlets you manage, such as websites and newsletters. We have provided a shorter and longer article.
  • Posters: download posters here to promote the service.

If you have a moment to let us know if you have been able to promote the service and provide any links, then that would be most helpful.

Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

Be part of the fight back against COVID-19 by volunteering to be contacted by researchers about taking part in vaccine research. Anyone can register their details online, including healthy people, for researchers to contact them. The service is for ages 18 and over in the UK. There is no obligation to join a study if you are contacted.

Sign up at

Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fight back against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.

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, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. 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.

Sign up at