Northwick Park Hospital covid vaccine volunteers thanked for trials

The vaccine volunteers. (Credit: The London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust)

The London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust have thanked all the volunteers currently on the Oxford Vaccine Group trial which included hospital trust staff.

The Government has ordered 100 million doses of the home-grown Covid vaccine, following the roll-out of the Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to be approved.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) provides hospital and community services to the people of Harrow, Brent and Ealing.

Established on 1 October 2014, the team of 9,000 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of approximately one million people.

Volunteer Juliette Harris, who works as a specialist genetic counsellor based at Northwick Park and St Marks Hospitals said: “I view it as a privilege to take part in the trial and a chance to do something that will ultimately benefit everyone.

I felt I could make an informed decision about participating in the trial as a person with a scientific background and decided that the benefits of taking part far outweighed any risks. I had no ill effects from being in the trial.

“The more people who get vaccinated, the more effective it will be and the more people will be protected especially those who are vulnerable.”

More than 300 people took part in the trial from the hospital and local community which involved two injections and periodic blood tests. Half of those taking part were given a placebo.