Health Policy Working Group Meetings


in Parallel to the 13th Excellence in Pediatrics Conference

Following on from the success of the 5th Focus Group Meetings that took place virtually in December 2020, EIP is pleased to announce that the 6th LifeCourse Immunisation and Health System Resilience Focus Group will take place on 2-4 December 2021 in Amsterdam.
The 4 Working Groups from 2020 will be expanded to a total of 6 in 2021 with a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccines Group and also a Pneumococcal Vaccine Group added to the lineup. All Groups will work on action plans, campaigns, and policy recommendations throughout 2021.
The stark reality is that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to face the reality that we are now living in a new era, one that is impacting on all aspects of our lives, including our healthcare priorities. Established vaccine barriers to increase vaccination rates have now shifted and new ones have emerged, we must come together to identify, assess and react to these new priorities urgently.
The Healthcare Community and Policymakers must address the new and emerging challenges before they become insurmountable. 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.
The Focus Group and Working Group Meetings are central to EIP's work as part of the EU Vaccines Coalition and we are proud to collaborate with 20 allied organisations and associations in our work. Vaccines Together is an initiative and online collaboration hub run by EIP, targeting to increase vaccination coverage rates across Europe, and across all stages of life, by facilitating collaboration, best practices exchange, ideas and educational resources sharing among organisations, associations, and institutions involved in promoting vaccinations.

 

 

 

         
 
MEETING 1

COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY - OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO UNIVERSAL UPTAKE IN EUROPE

Thursday 2nd December 2021 (11:00-13:00 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
Formed in January 2021 and tasked with putting forward and implementing practical actions and campaigns to overcome the emerging barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake across Europe in 2021/22 and beyond. The wide range of COVID-19 vaccines being launched offers hope and opportunity, but also a plethora of challenges. The Working Group covers all aspects, including public perception, roll-out, vaccine development, vaccine access, national prioritisation groups, vaccine passports, implementation policy, infrastructure and cold chain challenges. A crucial Working Group for getting our lives back and making sure healthcare systems are protected to deliver the highest standards of care related to non-COVID diseases and treatments. COVID-19 has changed all our lives and our agendas and will also feature heavily as a background context for the other 5 other Working Groups taking place in December 2021.
If you wish to participate please nominate yourself or your organisation

 
         
     
     
     
 
MEETING 2

HEALTH SYSTEMS RESILIENCE AND PREPAREDNESS - LIFE COURSE VACCINATION STRATEGIES

Thursday 2nd December 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
Health System Resilience and Preparedness has never been more important, both to prepare for the present situation and for future pandemics and outbreaks. The Working Group will look at the practical strategies to establish the evidence that vaccinations for all ages against all vaccine-preventable diseases is the best route to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations, minimise the danger of other disease outbreaks and to build community immunity against all vaccine-preventable diseases. Protecting the vulnerable members of society, by protecting all members of society (as has become clear from COVID-19 vaccine rollout prioritisation across Europe) is critical in allowing the health system to build up their capacity, protect precious resources and stay focused to address pandemics. The Working Group has been running since 2015 and has a renewed importance and relevance in the current climate.
If you wish to participate please nominate yourself or your organisation

 
         
         
         
         
 
MEETING 3

BOOSTING VACCINES CONFIDENCE TO INCREASE UPTAKE OF COVID-19 & ALL VACCINES

Thursday 2nd December 2021 (16:30-18:30 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
The Third Policy Working Group in 2021 looks at the ever-important and overarching task of increasing vaccine confidence. The Working Group of key stakeholders, experts and association representatives aim to identify the changes in awareness, understanding, and emerging anti-vaxxer sentiments across Europe. Online misinformation is on the rise and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope. However, this hope is set within the context of contracted vaccine development timelines for the COVID vaccines. The rise of conspiracy theories leaves overall vaccine confidence open to being hijacked by anti-vaxxers. Individuals and Groups are increasingly equipped with more tools and are fueled by the increased interest of vast populations in vaccines and protection along with COVID-19 conspiracy theories. This creates a dangerous mix that if not properly and proactively managed could have a negative impact on all vaccine uptake. We must seize the unique opportunity for vaccine confidence to be boosted across Europe.
If you wish to participate please nominate yourself or your organisation

 
         
         
         
         
 
MEETING 4

RENEWING MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINATIONS AGAINST ALL STRAINS AS A PRIORITY

Friday 3rd December 2021 (09:00-11:00 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
The Meningitis Working Group Meeting is now in its 6th edition and its work is more important than ever. COVID-19 prevention methods (improved hygiene, lockdowns and social distancing) have had a very positive impact at reducing the case rate across Europe in 2020. However, any potential shift in Healthcare Professionals and Decision Makers’ priorities regarding the continued rollout and inclusion of meningitis vaccination for all strains could have a huge impact in 6-12 months time. The Working Groups aim is to examine the uncharted behavioural changes caused by the pandemic and provides guidance on how the medical communities and the policymakers could navigate through these times to avoid a meningococcal time-bomb that will cost lives.
If you wish to participate please nominate yourself or your organisation

 
         
         
         
         
 
MEETING 5

INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS AS A SUPPORTING VACCINE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT

Friday 3rd December 2021 (11:30:-13:30 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
The Influenza Working Group Meeting, now in its 6th edition, has the sole purpose of increasing seasonal influenza vaccine above the target 75% on all countries across Europe. Influenza vaccination rates have been boosted in 2020/21 due to the need to avoid influenza caused hospitalisation in parallel to COVID-19 admissions. However, the very real fear is that as social distancing measures are relaxed and COVID-19 vaccines rolled out, influenza vaccination rates will fall back to even lower rates than pre-COVID levels. The Working Group will also explore all barriers to uptake and explore how influenza vaccines should be promoted and even administered at the same time as COVID vaccinations to protect and increase uptake.
If you wish to participate please nominate yourself or your organisation

 
         
         
         
         
 
MEETING 6

ESTABLISHING EXPANDING COVERAGE AGAINST PNEUMOCOCCAL INFECTIONS AS A PRIORITY

Thursday 3rd December 2021 (14:30:-16:30 CET) - Postillion Hotel with Online Access
New for 2021! EIP are pleased to confirm that a new vaccine-specific Working Group will be added to the line-up in 2021. The Pneumococcal Working Group has been convened to review and advise whether Pneumococcal Vaccinations should be expanded to cover all ages and not only children and high-risk groups as part of a strategy to eliminate other threats of infectious diseases. Such a move would allow stretched health systems dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and its aftermath, to redirect and relocate resources. But is wide-scale Pneumococcal vaccinations the right move at this current time?
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