The NIHR Clinical Research Network established a COVID-19 Vaccine Research Delivery Group. Their role has been coordinating resources and intelligence to deliver COVID-19 vaccine studies across the UK.
This work has involved establishing regional facilities responsible for recruiting participants at scale and pace. The Clinical Research Network East Midlands (CRNEM) commissioned the Centre for Ethnic Health Research to undertake a community consultation to support understanding and drive delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine studies regionally.
The topics covered in these discussions included:
- Feelings towards attending hospital for research
- Feelings towards COVID-19 vaccine research
- Feelings around the role of PPI and community involvement
Findings from this study were used to inform further research investigating the willingness to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial from wider populations covering the East Midlands.