Coronavirus: Vaccination

(asked on 24th May 2021) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the participant requirements for the COV-BOOST trial were decided; and why the exclusion criteria for the COV-BOOST trial includes immunosuppressed people.

Answered by
Lord Bethell Portrait
Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
This question was answered on 10th June 2021

It is recognised that individuals with immunosuppression may not have a full immune response to vaccination. To fully understand how COVID-19 vaccines respond as a booster dose they must first be studied in people with fully functioning immune systems. However, there is a breadth of research activity being undertaken, including by the National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation, on COVID-19 vaccine responses in groups of immune suppressed individuals under the National Core Studies’ Immunity and Data and Connectivity programmes.

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