Reducing limitations to entry provincial COVID-19 vaccination knowledge in Canada
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Roadblocks to accessing knowledge on vaccine effectiveness from provincial well being ministries impede researchers’ capacity to tell a nationwide pandemic response and preserve public belief, in line with an evaluation in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Despite suggestions after the SARS outbreak in 2003 to fast-track entry to administrative well being knowledge to information pandemic responses, well timed entry to necessary knowledge is proscribed and may restrict analysis skills.

Robust COVID-19 scientific knowledge units, with linkages to patient-level administrative knowledge on vaccination, might be leveraged as scientific trial platforms to prospectively consider the protection and effectiveness of vaccines and novel COVID-19 therapies. Without linkage to provincially held, patient-level vaccination knowledge, the utility of rigorously collected nationwide COVID-19 scientific knowledge units is considerably constrained.”

Dr. Andrew McRae, University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, and coauthors

In this evaluation, authors spotlight how well being ministries can launch knowledge for analysis whereas additionally defending sufferers’ privateness. Establishing partnerships between provincial knowledge teams and Health Data Research Network to hyperlink knowledge, allow well timed knowledge switch and help analysis into vaccine effectiveness could be a key step.

“The absence of a coordinated, pan-Canadian, secure research environment for interprovincial data linkage and analysis has been highlighted as a shortcoming in Canadian research infrastructure that has limited the timeliness of Canadian research, both before and during the pandemic,” the authors write.

Provincial well being ministries maintain COVID-19 vaccination knowledge, however have been reluctant to share it with researchers, limiting researchers’ capacity to conduct Canadian vaccine analysis.

“Making administrative data available to independent researchers presents an important opportunity to validate the effectiveness data for vaccines and build public trust in Canada’s public health and vaccination strategy.”


Journal reference:

McRae, A.D., et al. (2022) Reducing limitations to accessing administrative knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for analysis. Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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