Background: The pan-European VACCELERATE network aims to implement the first transnational harmonised and sustainable vaccine trial Volunteer Registry, serving as single entry-point for volunteers willing to participate in large scale vaccine clinical studies across the European region. The present work exhibits a set of harmonised vaccine trial educational and promotional tools for the general public, designed and disseminated by the pan-European VACCELERATE network. Objective: The main objectives of the present study are the design and creation of a standard toolkit to increase positive attitudes, and access to trustful information for better access and increased recruitment to vaccine trials for the public community. More specifically, the produced tools are focused on inclusiveness, equity, and they are targeting different population groups, including underserved ones, as potential volunteers for the VACCELERATE Volunteer Registry (elderly, migrants, children and adolescents). The promotion/education material is aligned with the main objectives of the Volunteer Registry, to increase public literacy and awareness regarding vaccine clinical research/trials and trial participation, such as informed consent and legal issues, side effects and frequently asked questions on vaccine trial design. Methods: The tools' development has followed the aims and principles of the VACCELERATE project, focusing on trial inclusiveness and equity and they are adjusted to the local country requirements to improve public health communication. The selection of the produced tools has been based on the cognitive theory, inclusiveness and equity of different aged and under-represented groups, and standardised material from several official trustful sources (e.g. COVAX, ECDC, EUPATI, GAVI and WHO). In addition, team of specialists from different fields (infectious diseases, vaccine research, medicine, education) edited and reviewed the subtitles and scripts for the educational videos, extended brochures, interactive cards and puzzles. Graph designers also selected the colour palette, audio settings and dubbing for the video story-tales and implementation of QR codes. Results: This study presents the first set of harmonised promotional and educational materials/tools (i.e. educational cards, educational and promotional videos, extended brochures, flyers, posters, and puzzles) for vaccine clinical research (e.g. COVID-19). The developed tools inform the public about possible benefits and disadvantages of trial participation, but also build the confidence of participants about the safety and efficacy for COVID-19 vaccines and healthcare system. The present material has been translated into several languages and meant to be freely and easily accessible to facilitate dissemination among the participating countries of the VACCELERATE network, as well as among the European and global scientific, industrial, and public community, in general. Conclusions: The produced material could also be useful for filling knowledge gaps of healthcare personnel and providing the appropriate future patient education for vaccine trials, as well as to tackle vaccine hesitancy and parents' concerns for potential participation of children in vaccine trials.
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