1. Information and Consent

Researchers: Julie Brown RRT, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia. Project supervisors Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam and Dr Wouter Kalle, School of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science, Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia.

You are invited to participate in a research study on COVID-19 vaccination attitudes, acceptance and uptake rates. This is a research project conducted by Julie Brown, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia. Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

What is the purpose of this study?
In this study we hope to learn more about the attitudes, acceptance and uptake rates of COVID-19 vaccination amongst Respiratory Therapists in Canada.  Respiratory Therapists have played an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. As front line workers, they have experienced the worst of this disease. Vaccinations were offered early in the Canada wide rollout to most Respiratory Therapists and other healthcare workers. Vaccination rates for healthcare workers in general as well as the general population by age categories has been documented by Health Canada but we don’t know the specific uptake rate for Respiratory Therapists nor do we know reasons why some get it right away, some delay it weeks to months and some choose not to get it. This information can help by providing information on vaccination uptake rates amongst Respiratory Therapists compared to the healthcare workers and the general population’s rates in Canada. This information can assist with policy changes and or education for various groups in the future.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
You have been invited to participate in this study as a student, graduate or Registered Respiratory Therapist in Canada who speaks either English or French and is over the age of 18.

What does this study involve?
You are under no obligation to participate in this study. If you choose to take part, you will be asked to answer a short on-line survey that should take no more than 5-10 minutes. The survey via SurveyMonkey® link will be open from July 19th, 2021 to September 30th, 2021. You may refrain from answering any survey questions that make you uncomfortable and you may choose to quit the survey at any time without penalty. If in crisis please contact Crisis Services Canada: Toll free helpline: 1-833-456-4566. This survey is anonymous and voluntary and freely participating and submission of the survey is taken as consent.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
All information gathered in the course of this research is anonymous and confidential. No identifiable information will be used or published. Electronic data collected will be stored in a confidential password protected drive and hard copy data in a locked cabinet in D3018, Fanshawe College, Health Science Office for 5 years. Electronic data will be destroyed by deletion while hard copy data will be shredded.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
The information collected through the survey questions will be reviewed, analyzed and will culminate in a dissertation, shared through conference talks (Target CSRT National Education Forum 2022 or Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario Education Day 2022) , poster presentations (Fanshawe Faculty Research Innovation Day 2022, CSRT National Education Forum 2022 or Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario Education Day 2022) and publication (Target Canadian Journal for Respiratory Care 2022) for you to read after.

What  should  I  do  if  I  want  to  discuss  this  study  further  before I  decide?  
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the study, you can contact: Julie Brown at 1460 Oxford Street, East, P.O. Box 7005, London, ON Canada N5Y 5R6  (519) 452-4207 x 4350 or Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam in the School of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 Australia +61 2 6933 2669.

Who  should  I  contact  if  I  have  concerns  about  the  conduct  of this  study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Governance Officer: Presiding Officer, Human Research Ethics Committee, Charles Sturt University, Ethics and Compliance Unit, Locked Bag 588. NSW. 2678. Tel: (02) 6933 4213. Email: ethics@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

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* 1. The purpose of the research has been explained to me and I have read and understood the information provided. By clicking on ok below and completing the questions, I voluntarily agree to participate in the study, as set forth above