Should I volunteer to test Covid vaccine?


More people from black and Asian backgrounds, as well as over-65s, are being urged to volunteer to help ensure potential coronavirus vaccines work for everyone.

Researchers say 270,000 people across the UK have signed up for vaccine studies but thousands more are needed, in particular from groups more vulnerable to Covid.

Just 7% of those who have signed up to NHS registers so far are from minority ethnic groups – half the proportion in the overall population. Of those who have signed up, 11,000 are Asian and 1,200 are black. More people aged over the age of 65 or with chronic diseases are also needed.

I've considered volunteering a few times now but I'm torn between the fear of being a foolhardy guineapig and having a terrible reaction to the trial vaccine as has happened just this week with two global vaccine trials suspended this week alone, and want to help my family and community so that if the worst were to happened there could be the hope of a solution and it could save lives. 

What do you think? What would you do? 

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