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Research / COVID-19




COVID-19 Research Updates

This page will provide updates pertinent to Research at St. Joe's. See the links below for additional information:


Information for Researchers

Phase 3 came into effect on Monday, April 4, 2022 – see below for details.


Research at St. Joe's Moving to Phase 3 on April 4, 2022

Last updated April 1, 2022

Effective Monday, April 4, 2022, The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton will be moving ahead to Phase 3 of the Research Activities Roadmap. This approach is in alignment with our colleagues at Hamilton Health Sciences.

New in Phase 3:

  • Additional research visits are acceptable (i.e., outside of regularly scheduled clinical visits).
  • Healthy volunteers are allowed on site. Healthy volunteers must be fully vaccinated (i.e., 2 doses).
  • All research-only visitors (study participants, sponsors, monitors, and healthy volunteers) must be registered prior to their arrival.
    • There is a one-time process to register a study, then a further process to register visitors on a per-visit basis. Go to to get started.
    • Once your study is approved, use the study-specific link (emailed to you) to register each visitor. We recommend bookmarking these study-specific links for future use.
    • As per hospital policy, study sponsors and study monitors coming on-site must be fully vaccinated (i.e., 2 doses) and their employer must attest to their vaccination status.

Ongoing in Phase 3:

  • Everyone working on-site must observe pandemic safety protocols, including:
    • Capacity limits where food and drink are consumed will remain at 50% and physical distancing should be maintained.
    • Spaces where masks are worn and food/drink are not consumed have recently returned to 100% capacity.
    • Follow proper masking, hand hygiene, and social distancing protocols.
    • Use level 3 masks (available from PPE distributors at each campus).
    • Avoid all unmasked exposures (e.g., do not eat or drink around others).
    • Eye protection must be worn when interacting with patients/participants.
    • Continue using the SJHH Active Screening app to complete your self-assessment when coming on site (
  • New PPE can be procured at each campus, including level 3 masks and eye protection:
    • Charlton: Visit the PPE Depot, G116 (open 24/7).
    • West 5th – Contact Victoria Kay ( for PPE requests.
    • King – Contact Tammy Robinson ( for PPE requests.

Researchers working at St. Joe’s who do not have access to a hospital email address ( can opt-in to receive COVID-19 Email Updates forwarded to their institutional email address. This includes SJHH Virtual Town Hall invitations.

We will continue to share important updates via email and on this webpage.


HiREB Protocol Amendments

During the current COVID-19 pandemic situation researchers need to consider their in-person interactions with participants/patients. You are reminded to follow your institutional/public health policies for participant/patient management.

Should your current protocol or study design require revision to now include alternate forms of interaction with participants/patients (whether consent or study visits), you will still need to submit an amendment to the HiREB. If you need to implement changes to eliminate immediate hazards for staff or participants, then such a change would be reported to us as a protocol deviation.

Please note the HiREB will process these amendments as priority.



Information for Research Participants

Last updated April 1, 2022

When will clinical research appointments recommence at St. Joe's?

As of April 4, 2022, we have returned to Phase 3 of our Research Activities Roadmap.

  • Under Phase 3, on-site research-only visits are permitted.
  • If you are coming to the Hospital for a research-only visit, you will be required to show a confirmation letter to the screeners. If you are coming in for a clinical visit, this does not apply.
    • This letter will be provided to you in advance by a research coordinator.
  • Participant safety is a top priority for us. Your study team is carefully considering which visits are needed in-person, and which may be done over the phone or through other means.
  • If your study team schedules a new appointment, please click here for more information about coming to the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you have a research visit scheduled and have a new or worsening cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath (worse than normal), or runny nose, please call your study team to see if you should still come to the hospital for your research visit.
  • St. Joe’s has limited entrances to our sites and is conducting COVID-19 screening of all patients, research participants, staff, and physicians. A list of entrances and more information on the screening process is available here
  • We are asking that you do not arrive more than 15 minutes early before your appointment to limit the number of people in the hospital.
Is it safe to come to the hospital?
  • Please know that our hospital is safe to visit and some of the changes you will see are measures to keep our patients and staff safe. Click here to learn more before coming to your appointment.
  • When visiting the hospital for a research or clinical appointment, please remember to:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, including when you enter and leave a clinical area.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially while in public.
    • Whenever possible, maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from others.
    • Wear a mask throughout the hospital. You will be provided with a mask at the available entrances.
If the situation changes, will I be notified?
  • As the risk level changes, clinical research appointments may be affected.
    • Your study team will contact you to discuss future appointments and your ongoing participation in research.
  • If you have any questions about coming to the hospital, please contact your study team.
Do I have to come for my research visit? What if I don't want to?
  • Your participation in a research study is always voluntary and you are not required to keep an appointment. However, there may be safety-related concerns with missed study treatments or visits.
  • Speak with your study team if you have any concerns about your appointment, or if you don’t feel comfortable coming to the hospital.
How can I reduce the risk to myself and others from the virus?
  • Get vaccinated, including any eligible booster shots. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and to book an appointment for the vaccine, please visit the Hamilton Public Health Services website at
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, including new or worsening cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath (worse than normal), or runny nose.
  • Visit the Ontario COVID-19 website for more information on how to stop the spread of the virus and minimize your risk.
Where can I find the latest information from St. Joe’s?
  • All COVID-19 updates will be posted regularly to
  • Research-related updates are posted on this webpage.