Funding for innovate ways to safely deliver vaccinations

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Businesses are invited to come up with innovative solutions to support future vaccination programmes

As part of the latest Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales are seeking projects that can help overcome the challenges COVID-19 presents to patients and staff involved in vaccinations.

These challenges include a wider range of persons who are shielding, new social distancing measures and infection control considerations, as well as the potential inclusion of a COVID-19 vaccination alongside the usual flu and childhood immunisations.

By taking part in this SBRI competition, business can access funds from the Welsh government to make their bright ideas a reality.

Participants are being asked to focus their attention on three key areas where potential improvements have been identified:

  • delivering vaccines (COVID-19 and/or flu) safely and effectively, especially for care home residents and staff
  • improving accessibility for recommended groups unable to access traditional vaccination venues
  • having a flexible range of venues for NHS and social care staff to be vaccinated outside the workplace

The competition is looking to identify, develop and demonstrate rapid technologies. At the end of the project, systems will be tested and demonstrated in a live trial with NHS Wales. Due to the restricted timescale of this challenge, informatics solutions will not be considered.

Businesses have until 12 noon on 29 July 2020 to apply for this SBRI challenge, working to a final deadline in mid-September to deliver potential solutions.

First published 22 July 2020