Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They're designed so they do not give people the infection they're protecting against.
Research into vaccines is the only way to find out which vaccines will work. Researchers need people to take part in their studies so they can find out which possible new vaccine works best. NHS Digital have been working with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to provide a coronavirus vaccine studies volunteer sign up service which will provide a pool of volunteers across the United Kingdom. In England, the research partner of the NHS is the NIHR. The NIHR has worked with equivalent NHS research partners in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on the coronavirus vaccine studies volunteer sign up service covers all these countries.
The data shown on the dashboard is the number of volunteers in the UK and by local authority. This can be broken down by age and gender.