More than 500 Dorset residents to take part in coronavirus vaccine research

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The study in Bournemouth is recruiting a range of volunteers to take part. Credit: ITV Meridian

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More than 500 people in Dorset are to test the safety and effectiveness of a new coronavirus vaccine.

The study in Bournemouth is looking for people in the county from the most 'at risk' Covid-19 groups to take part.

This includes those with stable, pre-existing health conditions, those over 65-years-old and those from Black or Asian ethnic backgrounds.

The coronavirus vaccine research will test how protects a range of people. Credit: ITV Meridian

The testing will look at how the vaccine protects against the virus across a wide range of people.

Scientists said because of this, they also need people aged 18-84 to take part in the study, in order to "help us make sure that any vaccine developed will work for everyone".

The volunteers will either be given the vaccine or a placebo injection, so researchers can confirm the participants' immune response.

The volunteers will either be given the vaccine or a placebo injection to test their immune response. Credit: ITV Meridian

Dr Patrick Moore, a Dorset GP said: "This important research will help us to find a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, to protect us all more quickly and end the pandemic sooner."

People interested in participating in the study are being encouraged to sign up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry.