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Workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination: share your views

This project invites views on workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination in a short survey.

Open until
November 2021

This project seeks to gather and explore the views of a wide range of people on questions relating to workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination. For instance, the project aims to learn what people think about whether organisations should be allowed to ask employees about whether they have been vaccinated and what the positives and negatives of doing this might be.

This project will build on other recent THIS Institute consultations, which led to frameworks to support organisational decision-making about asymptomatic testing programmes for COVID-19 – one for NHS workers, one for staff in other workplaces and one for students in higher education.

We would like to invite you to share your views on workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination by taking part in a short survey.

Information for participants

Key things to know

  • Led by THIS Institute at the University of Cambridge, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, this project is exploring people’s views on the role of COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace.
  • Your participation in this consultation project is entirely voluntary.
  • Your confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
  • Organisations participating in the consultation will not be identified.
  • This webpage explains the project in more detail.

About this project

This project seeks to gather and explore the views of a wide range of people on questions relating to workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination. For instance, the project aims to learn what people think about whether organisations should be allowed to ask employees about whether they have been vaccinated and what the positives and negatives of doing this might be.

This project will build on other recent THIS Institute consultations, which led to frameworks to support organisational decision-making about asymptomatic testing programmes for COVID-19 – one for NHS workers, one for staff in other workplaces and one for students in higher education.

How might you be involved?

We would like to invite you to share your perspectives about vaccination policies for workplaces by taking part in a brief online questionnaire.

If you would like to take part, you will need to register on the secure Thiscovery platform, which has been developed THIS Institute at the University of Cambridge and facilitates consultation projects like this one. All that is needed to register is an email address.

Once registered on Thiscovery, you will be asked to complete an online consent form and the questionnaire (which takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete), and to provide some brief information about yourself, such as your job role, age and ethnicity.

The consultation project is open to participants who are aged 18 years or over. Participation is voluntary. It is no problem if you do not wish to take part.

What are the benefits of this project?

There will be no direct benefit to you from taking part in this project, but your contribution will help to ensure that a wide range of views are taken into account in thinking about workplace policies on COVID-19 vaccination.

Are there any risks?

The risks of this project are small. It is possible that some people might find sharing their views on vaccination in the workplace distressing or anxiety-provoking. If you wish to stop taking part you may do so at any point. You can also skip any question or questions that you do not wish to answer.

What do I do if I want to withdraw from the project?

If you change your mind about taking part in the project you can withdraw your consent at any time without giving a reason. To do this please email enquiries@thisinstitute.cam.ac.uk to say you want to withdraw from the project. If you want to withdraw from the project during the survey, please just close the survey (you do not have to give a reason).

If you decide at any point after registering with Thiscovery that you no longer want your contact details kept by Thiscovery, then please see the privacy policy at https://www.thiscovery.org/#terms-of-use for how to manage your Thiscovery account.

How will my information be kept confidential?

No-one at your organisation will be told you have been taken part or given any individual information about what you have said in the survey.

When you register on Thiscovery, we will collect your name, email address and location (country). This information will be stored securely on Thiscovery.

All data will be fully anonymised to remove any information that could identify people or places. The anonymised data will be stored on the secure University of Cambridge network and that of its collaborator RAND Europe (an independent, not-for-profit research institute), and will be used only by the project team and only for the purposes of the project.

The University of Cambridge is the sponsor for this project, based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this project and will act as the data controller for this project. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. We will keep identifiable information about you for as long as it is required. This will be stored securely by THIS Institute, University of Cambridge. Some of the information that you provide might be considered as political opinion or other data that would be classed as Special Category data under Article 9 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As part of the consent process for this project we therefore need to seek your consent for the processing of this data.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the project, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible. You can find out more about how we use your information here: https://www.medschl.cam.ac.uk/research/privacy-notice-how-we-use-your-research-data/

What will happen to the results of the project?

The results of this project will be made publicly available on the website of THIS Institute in an easy-read format. The findings will also be reported in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences. Larger organisations with more than 25 responses may opt to receive an anonymised summary of the findings for their organisation. No personally identifiable information will be included in any reports or other outputs of the project, and any quotations used in reporting will be anonymised.

Who is organising and funding the project?

The project is being conducted independently by The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) and is funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project is led by Mary Dixon-Woods, University of Cambridge.

Who has reviewed the project?

The project has been reviewed by the University of Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee: Reference PRE.2021.038

Get in touch

If you have any questions or queries, please contact: enquiries@thisinstitute.cam.ac.uk

For any complaints or concerns

Contact the University of Cambridge Research Governance office:

Tel: 01223 769291

Email:  SchoolSec@medschl.cam.ac.uk