Coronavax: preparing community and government for COVID-19 vaccination: a research protocol for a mixed methods social research project

Katie Attwell, Samantha Carlson, Jordan Tchilingirian, Tauel Harper, Lara McKenzie, Leah Kate Roberts, Marco Rizzi, Darren W Westphal, Paul Effler, Catherine Hughes, Valerie May Swift, Christopher Blyth

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Abstract

Introduction Ahead of the implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination programme, the interdisciplinary Coronavax research team developed a multicomponent mixed methods project to support successful roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Western Australia. This project seeks to analyse community attitudes about COVID-19 vaccination, vaccine access and information needs. We also study how government incorporates research findings into the vaccination programme. Methods and analysis The Coronavax protocol employs an analytical social media study, and a qualitative study using in-depth interviews with purposively selected community groups. Participant groups currently include healthcare workers, aged care workers, first responders, adults aged 65+ years, adults aged 30–64 years, young adults aged 18–29 years, education workers, parents/guardians of infants and young children (<5 years), parents/guardians of children aged 5–18 years with comorbidities and parents/guardians who are hesitant about routine childhood vaccines. The project also includes two studies that track how Australian state and Commonwealth (federal) governments use the study findings. These are functional dialogues (translation and discussion exercises that are recorded and analysed) and evidence mapping of networks within government (which track how study findings are used). Ethics and dissemination Ethics approval has been granted by the Child and Adolescent Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the University of Western Australia HREC. Study findings will be disseminated by a series of journal articles, reports to funders and stakeholders, and invited and peer-reviewed presentations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere049356
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ (Open)
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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