Following on from the Centre’s work looking at public perceptions towards vaccine research in black and ethnic minority communities in collaboration with the East Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN), and the University of Leicester a new survey has been released.
The online survey which takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete will help researchers understand more about the potential barriers to participation in vaccine research, and explore how attitudes might vary across different groups.
The findings will be used by researchers to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine trials are accessible, and that participants are provided with the support and information that they need.
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, senior author and Director of the NIHR ARC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “We need to address these concerns highlighted by each group and use these findings to find a better way to inform members of the public about how crucial medical research is.
“Recruitment and participation is vital in any vaccine trial and if people are untrusting of the work that’s being carried out, then we may not be able to continue.
“We therefore urge people to come forward and give us their views in this short survey and arm us with the crucial information needed as we strive towards a vaccine for coronavirus.”
To take part in the short survey – click here