Vaccines Health Policy Focus Groups and Working Groups taking place in Amsterdam 2020
Shaping the future of child healthcare and life course vaccination policies across Europe
Since 2015 the Excellence in Paediatrics Institute (EIP) have been working with our partner associations to help overcome the many remaining barriers to vaccination uptake. By connecting colleagues and experts across Adolescent Medicine, General Practice, Pharmacy and Nursing - and by uniting behind the EU Council's Coalition for Vaccination - our goal is to overcome barriers by promoting a Life Course policy approach to vaccines, not just throughout childhood but beyond.
EIP believes that it’s important to discuss, advise, align efforts, and coordinate all stakeholders to achieve this critical goal. With this in mind, it is EIP’s vision that all major vaccine stakeholders come together to support EIP’s European Immunisation Initiative’s work in 2020. As with all of EIP’s meetings, campaigns and initiatives, the European Immunisation Initiative is designed to be supported by, and involve, a wide range of allied associations, experts and industry stakeholders. Further details on the initiative and plans are detailed below and we would encourage you to contact the EIP Vaccine’s Team via email@example.com to explore how you can play an active role in our plans in 2020.
Why EIP’s European Immunisation Initiative is Needed?
Tackling continuing discrepancies among European Countries and improving the harmonised decision-making processes
Despite EIP’s work, and many notable achievements over the past 5 years, plus the recent work of the EU Council's Coalition for Vaccination, there is a continuing need to tackle persistent barriers and improve vaccination policy across Europe. There are still huge discrepancies among countries and currently, no harmonised decision-making process and criteria across Europe is in place.
Even though childhood vaccination coverage has been a priority in the majority of European countries for many years, coverage rates are still lagging behind targets and a lot still needs to be done before each child is protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases. EIP believes that a shift towards an all-ages protection approach will assist with this target and at the same time benefit the whole population by presenting vaccination as a popular healthy lifestyle choice, which will also help combat the growing anti-vaccination sentiment.
Most notably, EIP has identified three major sets of vaccine policy barriers that still persist and need to be urgently tackled:
➡️ Policy discrepancies; Heterogeneous childhood and adulthood national vaccination policies. Differences in approach, prioritisation and processes.
➡️ The lack of a life course approach; Prevention Policies not adapted to demographic changes and an increasingly aging population. Disease prevention in all stages of life is not yet a health policy priority.
➡️ Overarching barriers; Lack of policies to increase vaccines confidence, counteract misinformation, increase awareness and mobilise medical communities
EIP Working as Part of the EU Council's Coalition for Vaccination
Helping to deliver the EU 2022 Roadmap on Vaccinations
EIP is delighted to have joined forces with a host of association and be working as part of the EU Council's Coalition for Vaccination. European associations of healthcare professionals have joined together to establish a Coalition for Vaccination to commit to delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths and exchanging best practices. The Coalition is based on the 2018 EU Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Healthcare professionals play a crucial role in delivering facts based on scientific evidence and increase public awareness about the benefits of immunisation. The Coalition is co-chaired by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) and the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU). It is also backed up by the European Commission which provides coordination and administrative support. EIP, alongside fellow members of the Coalition for Vaccination, work together to deliver the message that vaccination is the most successful and cost-effective public health intervention, currently preventing between 2 - 3 million deaths in the world every year.
Click on the link for further details on the EU Road Map for Vaccinations 2020
A Brief History of the EIP’s European Immunisation initiative
Context and successes to date
The European Immunisation Initiative builds on the success of and is set within the context of, EIP's previous vaccine activities and campaigns over the past decade, including EIP's Vaccine projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia from 2012-2017, many vaccination HCP Surveys, webinars, parents’ talks, and over 60 conference sessions. Since 2015 the Excellence in Paediatrics Institute (EIP) have been working with our European and global partners to help overcome the many remaining barriers to vaccination uptake by delivering the Annual Life Course Immunisation Focus Group, now in its 5th year/edition. From 2019 onward EIP have been working as part of the wider EU Commission's Coalition on Vaccination, playing a pivotal role in bringing the partners together.
As part of our work within the EU Coalition on Vaccination, 8 Stakeholder Working Groups and a joint EU Commission and WHO plenary briefing took place at the 11th EIP Annual Conference in Copenhagen in December 2019.
The 2019 expert-led meetings covered:
- Strategies to Broaden (Lifecourse) and Optimise (increased VCR) Flu Prevention
- Time to Expand Meningococcal Vaccination Policies to Match Epidemiological Trends
- The path Towards Universal Varicella Vaccinations
- Rotavirus Vaccination. What Should Change?
- Combatting Online Misinformation and Educational Gaps and behavioural change.
- Lack of Policies leading towards an acceptance of a LifeCourse Immunisation Approach
Structure of 5th LifeCourse Policy Focus Group and Working Groups taking place in Amsterdam on the 3rd and 4th December 2020
Focus and Structure
EIP’s objective with the live and meeting elements of the project, as opposed to the campaign and communication elements, is to bring all stakeholders together. This is certainly the case for the Focus Group and Working Group meetings in Amsterdam in December 2020 which will discuss in-depth, build a consensus, and produce a roadmap of actions to increase vaccination coverage and align Vaccination Policies for across Europe, all within the context of the EU’s Roadmap on Vaccination to 2022.
Overview of the Structure of the meetings:
- Expert-led and invitation-based meetings to make sure the leading European experts and key stakeholders are present.
- Targeted Presentations/Working Groups Briefings, followed by Association and Organisation (WHO, EU etc. ) interventions.
- A dedicated section on Country Updates from experts, closing with discussion and agreement on the main roadmap for 2021.
- The main WHO and EU Plenary will be featured as part of the main 12th EIP Conference to connect directly with 800+ HCPs
- Longer dedicated Working Groups for Meningitis Vaccinations and Influenza Vaccinations and a new Focus Group on Pneumococcal Vaccinations
- Policy Working Groups for Misinformation & Education, as well as Life Course Immunisation
- The 5 main meetings will be scheduled for 3.5 hours each over the 3rd and 4th December 2020 in Amsterdam
- In addition, targeted expert policy briefings covering Rotavirus, Varicella and MMR will take place as part of the main 12th EIP Conference Programme.
How can you be involved
Play your part in 2020
Healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of advice for many. You are uniquely placed to persuade patients to take all preventive options available according to the latest research and guidelines. Work with EIP to use your ultimate position of trust to change opinions (with patients, your colleagues and policymakers) and overcome vaccine hesitancy across Europe.
EIP’s vision is that all major vaccine stakeholders come together to support EIP’s European Immunisation Initiative’s work in 2020. As with all of EIP’s meetings, campaigns and initiatives, the European Immunisation Initiative is designed to be supported by, and involve, a wide range of allied associations, experts and industry stakeholders. Further details on the initiative and plans are detailed below and we would encourage you to contact the Vaccine’s Team via firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how you can play an active role in 2020.