Blood donors sought for new COVID-19 research biobank

Published: 5 March 2022

Calling out for Victorians willing to roll up their sleeves and donate blood for a research initiative into COVID-19.

The Victorian COVID-19 Vaccinees Collection biobank are seeking volunteers to provide blood samples in between their vaccine doses.

The biobank is a $5 million project that will provide critical insights into the effectiveness of vaccines, long-term effects of COVID-19 while also helping experts prepare for new strains of coronavirus.

Any Victorian who is due to receive their third dose is eligible and donors to the biobank will provide five blood samples over a two-year period including, shortly before and soon after their third dose, then at regular intervals through to 2024.

Researchers are seeking up to 1500 donors and are after a strong cross section of the population. The elderly, people living with HIV, healthcare workers, people who’ve been infected with coronavirus and those who are immunocompromised, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Doherty Institute will house the biobank and lead the project, with seven Victorian health and medical research institutions participating in the rollout. The Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious disease Emergencies (APPRISE) will also assist in the long-term management of the collection.

Interested volunteers can find out more information and register to donate to the biobank at The Doherty Institute - Victorian COVID-19 Vaccinees Collection.