A third booster dose might be needed in winter (Picture: AFP)
People in their late 30s can now receive the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, continuing the successful rollout throughout the UK.
With the hospitality sector reopening, and hugs returning, life seems to be heading back to normality after months of lockdown restrictions.
However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that booster jabs may be needed in the winter months to reduce case numbers.
As a trial gets underway to measure the effects of a third dose, many are wondering how to get involved.
How to sign up for the Covid booster jab trial
The COV-Boost trial is being run by the University of Southampton – and they’re taking volunteers from people across the country via their website.
Booster trials are taking place across the country, so whether you’re based in Glasgow or London, there will be a study site taking participants nearby.
Booster trials are taking place across the country. (Picture: PA)
Men and women over 30, who had their first vaccination in December 2020 or January 2021, can take part.
Participants must also fit the below criteria:
- You must be willing to tell the trial staff about your medical history, and you may be asked to allow the trial staff to check this with your GP
- If you are able to become pregnant you must be willing to practice continuous effective contraception during the first 3 months of the trial and have negative pregnancy tests on the days of vaccination
- You must agree not to donate blood during the trial.
Like with other medical trials, the type of vaccination received will vary.
Participants will be allocated at random to receive one of seven study vaccines, or a dose of the control vaccine MenACWY – the meningitis jab.
After receiving the dose, participants will take around 4 – 6 blood tests to check immune responses, and will have to complete an online diary for the following month.
There isn’t financial compensation for taking part, but those running the trial suggest that those injected with an extra dose will likely have greater immunity to coronavirus.
When does the Covid booster jab trial start?
The trial began today, with thousands of volunteers receiving their third jab this morning.
The researchers are still accepting new sign-ups, and potential participants can leave the trial at any time.
Side effects – like a sore arm, and mild flu-like symptoms – are relatively common, but these are also being monitored by the scientists to advise on future vaccine rollouts.
A full list of potential side effects can be found on the Cov-Boost website.
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