The Covid-19 vaccines have been thoroughly tested to ensure they are safe but, like all new medicines and vaccines, monitoring of their safety must continue once they are approved for use in the whole population.
The study is run by the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU), an internationally renowned independent research unit in Southampton, which aims to protect patients from unwanted side effects of medicines and vaccines.
They are keen to hear from anyone over the age of 40 who has received their first AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccination.
How can I find out more?
Anyone who would like to find out more can register their interest at any time before they are vaccinated via the study website. The DSRU research team will then contact you when you have had your first vaccination in order to invite you to start the study.
Alternatively, people can sign up to start the study within six weeks of receiving their first vaccine.
What if I didn’t feel any side effects?
People are invited to take part in the study whether or not they experience symptoms after their vaccination.
What information do I need to share?
After vaccination, study participants will be asked to complete an enrolment questionnaire consisting of basic information about the vaccine and their health. The patient will be prompted to complete a questionnaire at intervals for up to 18 months.
All questionnaires can be completed on the study website or by phone for people who prefer not to use the internet.
How will my information be used?
The DSRU research team will collate the information provided by all participants and will determine whether any observed side effects are likely to be linked to the vaccine.
The Drug Safety Research Unit has studied the safety of many medicines and vaccines for over 40 years. The DSRU is an independent academic unit and registered charity, not a pharmaceutical company or government agency.
Safety studies of this kind are standard practice for any new drug or vaccine.
Already been vaccinated? If you would like to take part in the study, please sign up at goto.dsru.org/covid
If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can still find out more and express your interest now at goto.dsru.org/covid
Alternatively, please call 0800 619 6222, whether or not you have been vaccinated.