Casualty star volunteers for new vaccine trial after mum died from coronavirus

Casualty’s Jason Durr has volunteered to take part in a new coronavirus vaccine trial in Bristol, after his mother died of the virus last year.

Jason, who is best known for portraying Nurse David Hide in the long-running medical drama, will visit Southmead Hospital later this month to be one of hundreds involved in the trial for the Janssen Ensemble 2 vaccine.

Jason and former TV presenter wife Kate — who is also taking part in the trial — have urged as many people as possible to sign up and take part.

The couple revealed they were spurred after losing Jason’s mum Frances, who died in April last year.

Frances lived in a care home — which is close to Jason’s family home in Wiltshire — but Jason wasn’t allowed to visit during the height of the first wave of the pandemic last year.

Jason and Kate wanted to do something to help and thus volunteered for the vaccine trial after seeing their local hospital ask for people to step forward.

The actor told BristolLive: ‘It’s about showing people it’s worthwhile to do, it’s safe, and at the same time I want to encourage people to go out and get the vaccines that are offered to them too. It’s not mutually exclusive thing, for me’

I’m touched by it so therefore I want to do whatever I can in a small way to help.’

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