University Hospitals Dorset is currently looking for 18 to 30 year olds to take part in a Covid-19 vaccine study, which is looking at the use of different Covid-19 vaccines and doses for a third vaccination in young adults. To take part, you need to have had your first two vaccinations, but not yet your booster.
By getting involved in this research, you can help make a valuable contribution to the pandemic response. You will also be paid £225 as reimbursement for your time and travel. The study outcomes will provide data to help decisions about the size of doses for younger age groups. Young adults have a stronger immune response to vaccines than older adults, and results from Covid-19 vaccine studies have suggested that lower doses of the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines may give as good an immune response in young adults as higher doses. Lower doses may also be linked with fewer side effects or lower rates of already rare adverse events. There is also the potential additional benefit that using lower doses could allow existing stocks of vaccines to be given to more people. This is important while the need for vaccines is greater than the number of doses available globally.
If you are interested in finding out more or taking part in the study, please visit the COV-BOOST website, where you can complete the study questionnaire to see if you are eligible.