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How do we assess relative risk and benefit of COVID-19 vaccination?

20 May, 2021

 a health care provider and patient consult on vaccine options

On Thursday 20th May 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm BST, the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Vaccines and Immunisation is hosting a virtual open science event to share some of our timely research findings related to COVID-19 vaccination. The live event will feature presentations including:  

  • Perspective on assessing the benefit and risk of COVID-19 vaccination - Katherine Donegan, Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Intelligence Unit Manager, MHRA

And HPRU researchers:

  • Evaluating societal risk/benefit – how would the value of vaccination be impacted among groups with various levels of adverse events? - Frank Sandmann, Health Economist, Public Health England
  • Role of risk and trust in COVID-19 vaccine decision making amongst UK health and social care workers - Sandra Mounier-Jack, Associate Professor of Health Policy, LSHTM
  • Who could benefit most from COVID-19 vaccination? Using National Health Service (NHS) medical records to find out who is at highest risk of severe COVID-19 - Helen McDonald, Clinical Assistant Professor, LSHTM

The event will conclude with a panel discussion - chaired by Anthony Scott, Director of the HPRU in Immunisation - including experts:

  • Philip Bryan, Pharmacovigilance Expert, P-95
  • Alberto Giubilini, Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
  • David Salisbury, Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House

Post event update 

This event was not recorded however below are links to two of the presentations: 

Role of risk and trust in COVID-19 vaccine decision making amongst UK health and social care workers (HSCWs).pdf 

Who could benefit most from COVID-19 vaccination? The study will be published soon. We are developing an Easy Read summary to share the findings in an accessible format. It will be shared on this website. Williamson EJ, McDonald HI, Bhaskaran K, et al. BMJ In press