PARALLEL HEALTH POLICY MEETINGS


The 5th LifeCourse Immunisation and Health System Resilience Working Group Meetings
will take place Virtually on the 3rd and 4th December 2020 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we are living in a new era, one that is affecting all aspects of our lives, including our healthcare priorities. While previous barriers to increase vaccination rates still exist, new and urgent challenges have now been added that significantly affect our ability to protect all against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. The Healthcare Community and Policymakers must take action now, not only to recover the lost vaccine coverage over the past months but also to address those new and emerging challenges before they become insurmountable and established norms within our Societies and healthcare systems. EIP's 4 Vaccine Stakeholder Working Groups have been convened to tackle these urgent challenges and barriers.

By bringing together the key organisations, opinion leaders, associations, and policymakers EIP are constantly working on what needs to change and what activities need to happen to support the desired change. Four meetings will take place virtually/online on 3rd and 4th December 2020. Two meetings are dedicated to the Policies and Barriers related to specific vaccinations focusing on harmonisation of national policies across Europe. Two meetings are dedicated to the overarching barriers that affect all spectrum of vaccinations in the COVID-19. 

Each meeting is structured to have three 20 minute presentations. After the presentations, a discussion will follow on the corresponding discussion topics. Meeting participants will be prepared to make a short intervention (3 min each) and allocated between discussion points. The remaining time will be dedicated to discussion on a proposed road map and action plan that will be prepared and shared with all participants, supporters and allied associations directly and through EIP Social Media Channels.

The Working Group Meetings are part of EIP's work as part of the EU Vaccines Coalition. Topics are selected to correspond directly with specific needs that have been included in the EU 2022 Road Map for the Implementation of Actions identified by the European Commission.

 


MEETING 1 

LIFECOURSE VACCINATIONS AS THE BASIS OF HEALTH SYSTEMS RESILIENCE AND PREPAREDNESS

Thursday 3rd December 2020 (11:00-13:00 CET)

The working group meeting targets to establish the understanding and provide the evidence that vaccinations of all ages against all vaccines preventable diseases are the main strategy to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, minimize the danger of other diseases outbreaks in the middle of a pandemic, and to build herd immunity against a number of diseases protecting the vulnerable members of the societies, allowing the health system to build up their capacity, protect their resources and stay focused to address the current emerging pandemic of COVID-19.

  • Discussion Point 1
    Life Course Vaccinations are a Cornerstone of Health System Resilience.

    What must be done from a policy perspective to secure prioritisation of vaccinations in healthcare budgets in the COVID-19 era?

  • Discussion Point 2
    Closing the Gap of the Missing Adult Vaccinations by Tackling Low Funding and Lack of Guidance.

    Should children and the elderly be the target or is the value of adult and adolescent vaccines too important to ignore?

 

 


MEETING 2 

BUILDING ON THE PUBLIC'S EXPERIENCES FROM COVID-19 TO INCREASE VACCINES CONFIDENCE AND ADDRESS MISINFORMATION AND EDUCATION GAPS

Thursday 3rd December 2020 (14:00-16:00 CET)

The working group meeting aims to identify the changes in awareness, understanding, and anti-vax sentiments among the communities due to the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online misinformation is on the rise, equipped with more tools and fueled by the increased interest of vast populations in vaccines and protection. This reality, dangerous as it is, might offers a unique opportunity for the future.

  • Discussion Point 1
    We Must Become More Successful in Countering Misinformation from Anti-vax Activists in Preparation for the COVID Vaccine.
    How can we counter conspiracy theorists in an era when vaccine confidence is more important than ever?

  • Discussion Point 2
    The Challenges and Opportunities the Demand for a COVID-19 Vaccine Presents. How should can we navigate the crisis to come out stronger in terms of vaccine uptake?
    What can we do to educate, establish trusted information and better communicate from both the HCP and public's perspectives?

 

 


MEETING 3 

MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINATIONS AGAINST ALL STRAINS ARE NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEFORE COVID-19

Friday 4th December 2020 (10:00-12:00)

The Meningitis Working Group Meeting aims to suggest strategies to address the dangerous mix of delayed routine Meningococcal vaccinations combined with a shift in Healthcare Professionals and Decision Makers priorities. The Working Group will also focus on actions to recover the lost vaccine coverage and how we will be able to resume our vaccination schedules in the coming months. Our aim is to examine the uncharted behavioural changes caused by the pandemic and provide guidance on how the medical communities and the policymakers could navigate through.

  • Discussion Point 1
    Combatting Postponed Routine Vaccinations and a Shift in Everyday Priorities in Practices and Hospitals Due to COVID.
    What must we do to protect Meningitis Vaccinations as a priority and recover the lost Meningococcal Vaccine Coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

  • Discussion Point 2
    The Extension of Meningococcal Vaccination Programmes Across Europe is Now More Critical Than Before COVID, Especially as Health-seeking Behaviours Change During Pandemics Impact on Confusing Symptoms.

    With the increased risk of misdiagnosis should we be advocating extending vaccines against current meningococcal strains to all types as many countries lack broad coverage?

 

 


MEETING 4 

INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS FOR THE NEXT SEASON SHOULD BE THE PRIORITY FOR ALL COUNTRIES

Friday 4th December 2020 (13:00-15:00)

The Influenza Working Group Meeting aims to discuss the evidence on influenza in two dimensions; 1) vaccinations could be beneficial either for patients infected by SARS-COV-2 directly and 2) by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations this year helping to maintain health systems capacity and resilience. The group will also explore all aspects related to an increased demand for influenza vaccinations, from the behaviours driving the demand to the availability of vaccines.

  • Discussion Point 1
    Influenza Vaccines Are More Important than Ever. Yet No Country is above the 75% Target Rate and is Any Case Are Recent Increases in Coverage Sustainable.

    How can we make sure that an increased uptake is sustainable in the long-term and not just a short-term trend for this year only?

  • Discussion Point 2
    Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Rates are More Critical Than Ever to Protect Themselves, Their Patients and Their Families - Especially So As Risk Factors for COVID are the Same as seasonal influenza.

    What must we do to communicate that all HCPs must take the seasonal influenza vaccine to prevent patients from getting COVID-19 through weakened immune systems?

 

 

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