Newcastle hospital staff invited to take part in vaccine trial

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Newcastle Hospital staff who work with coronavirus patients are being invited to take part in an Oxford University trial of a vaccine, BBC Look North has learned.

The hospital is looking to recruit 500 staff who work with coronavirus patients, including doctors, nurses, health care assistants, porters, cleaners and receptionists.

This is because the scientists need to test the vaccine in people who are more likely to be exposed to the virus. The trials will start next week.

The Oxford University trial began a month ago and needs to enrol 10,000 people in total.

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Birthplace of vaccination under threat of closure

Edward Jenner museum
Edward Jenner Museum

The former home of Edward Jenner - who found a vaccine for smallpox in the 1700s - is under threat.

The house in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, is a museum run by volunteers.

It was forced to close to comply with the coronavirus restrictions.

The independent charity in charge of the museum says it costs £206 a day to run and relies heavily on visitors for that income.

A fundraising page has been set up to try to raise £33,490 to keep the museum and its educational programme open.

The total currently stands at just over £21,000 with 16 days to go.