UPDATE: LTC STAFF AND RESIDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID IMMUNITY STUDY
Residents of long-term care facilities operated by Providence Health Care, and the staff who provide care at these facilities, are invited to participate in a study that seeks to understand immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines.
Below, please see an updated letter to LTC staff and linked information sheet for more details. As stated in the letter, please note that if you have already received your first vaccine dose, you are unfortunately not eligible to participate.
My name is Dr. Marc Romney, and I am the Medical Leader of Medical Microbiology and Virology at Providence Health Care.
I am reaching out to you because you are a staff member at a Providence Health Care long-term care facility.
My team is initiating a research study to understand immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines among staff (and residents) of long-term care facilities that are operated by Providence Health Care. Our study is one of a number of studies across Canada that are sponsored by Canada's COVID Immunity Task Force (CITF), which is a national initiative funded by the Government of Canada to advance our understanding of COVID-19.
I would like to invite you to consider participating.
Participating in the study will involve meeting a member of the study team up to five times over the course of one year: before receiving the vaccine, and again at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months (approximately). Each study visit will take 15-30 minutes and will involve a small blood draw (<2 tablespoons) and a survey questionnaire.
Please note that, if you have already received your first vaccine dose, you are unfortunately not eligible to participate.
Additional information about the study is provided in the enclosed information sheet. I invite you to contact our study team as soon as possible if you are interested in learning more.
With sincere regards,
Dr. Marc Romney, MD, FRCPC, DTM&H
Medical Leader, Medical Microbiology and Virology, Providence Health Care
For more details, see the study information sheet.