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.