PARTICIPANTS in the UK clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccines will soon receive letters for how they are able to get their booster jab.
A number of participants in the trials have been denied their booster – despite meeting the criteria – and also been unable to get a COVID Travel Pass.
Welsh Government minister for health and social services, Eluned Morgan, said: “UK clinical trials have played a critical role in the development of effective vaccines against Covid-19 and I am extremely grateful to the many people from Wales who took part in a vaccine trial.”
Almost 1,400 from Wales were involved in the trials.
Ms Morgan continued: “Trial participants were rightly promised they would not be disadvantaged for taking part in approved Covid-19 vaccine trials in the UK, However, I know some trial participants have had difficulty accessing a booster vaccination or Covid international Travel Pass. This is because not all trial participants received a vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA).”
The chief medical officer for Wales has written to trial investigators and NHS medical directors across Wales to set out the process of addressing this issue.
The letters that will be sent to trial participants from tomorrow – October 8 – will explain how they will be offered a booster if they are eligible for one, and how to get a primary course of an approved vaccine if they need it, in line with the principles set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for trial participants.
Ms Morgan said: “I am determined to resolve this issue for everyone affected in Wales in recognition of their contribution that has benefitted us all.”