As of 1 March, researchers can request entry to 2 COVID-19 vaccine datasets by the HDR Innovation Gateway, arrange by the nationwide institute for well being information science, HDR UK.
The datasets obtainable are the England COVID-19 Immunisation dataset and the Welsh COVID-19 Vaccination dataset.
England’s COVID Immunisation dataset is now obtainable by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) Safe Analysis Service. The data comprises de-identified record-level information of people that have obtained a vaccination for COVID-19, in addition to the kind of vaccine and date of vaccination.
Overlaying comparable information for Wales, the Welsh COVID Vaccination Dataset permits vaccine information to be linked to the opposite key well being and administrative datasets obtainable by the SAIL Databank.
WHY IT MATTERS
These datasets are up to date each day and permit researchers entry the most recent obtainable info. Approvals to entry the datasets can be based mostly on the “5 safes” framework to make sure accountable makes use of of well being information.
Researchers will have the ability to hone in on questions in regards to the effectiveness of the vaccines on totally different inhabitants teams, their impression on illness transmission and the way vaccines will have an effect on the course of the pandemic.
Alison Pritchard, UK deputy nationwide statistician and director normal for information functionality on the ONS mentioned: “It’s nice information that we’ve been in a position to assist researchers entry this necessary information. Our Safe Analysis Service works to make sure that information from throughout authorities might be safely accessed by accredited researchers throughout authorities, academia, the non-public and voluntary sectors to strengthen our understanding and break new floor on necessary points.
“That is a part of our wider work with Well being Knowledge Analysis UK to streamline information entry and evaluation and we’re persevering with to discover how we are able to make additional enhancements sooner or later.”
THE LARGER CONTEXT
Newly launched information from Public Well being England has revealed that each Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines cut back extreme COVID-19 in older adults.
Final month, a new assessment was launched by the Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC) to carry consideration to the extra environment friendly and secure use of well being information for analysis and evaluation within the healthcare sector.
Within the purpose of broadening collated vaccine information, firstly of the yr, NHS England introduced that it might begin recording COVID-19 vaccine ethnicity information. The transfer got here after the NHS got here underneath hearth for its lack of complete information on the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.
ON THE RECORD
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, COVID-19 Vaccines Analysis Knowledge Infrastructure Group lead mentioned: “The UK has incredible information assets; however it’s linkages which might be key to supporting researchers to do an evaluation of the info in a well timed method. So, this is a superb and necessary first step on the necessary path of accelerating our understanding of the impression of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.”
Andrew Morris, director, HDR UK mentioned: “The extent of labor and collaboration that has taken place to make sure the UK’s well being researchers are in a position to entry this significant information safely and effectively shouldn’t be underestimated. It is a true vindication for the “Group Science” method adopted by our all of our companion organisations. It additionally acts as a shining instance for what might be achieved to allow discovery of and entry to not simply the info required to assist us overcome this pandemic, but in addition of the UK’s wealthy variety of well being datasets to advance healthcare for all.”