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.

Vaccines Together's Expert Working Groups are tasked with identifying and supporting targeted interventions and actions to increase vaccination rates in a particular disease field or policy area by advocating universal immunity against all vaccines preventable diseases for all age groups. Members discuss and debate the latest policy changes across all regions, the latest surveillance data, the strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy and then coordinate the recommended actions to take between the various participating organisations.


LATEST ACTIVITIES

 
CAMPAIGN: NOW MORE THAN EVER
COVID-19: DO NOT POSTPONE VACCINATIONS RISKING OTHER DISEASES OUTBREAKS

An EIP Campaign Helping to Avoid Delays in Routine Vaccinations Vaccinations Across Europe Post COVID-19. Read More

     
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ONLINE COURSES: VACCINATIONS IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

Vaccines Together have launched a number of online trainings to provide you with the skills and the evidence needed for you to play your role in your local communities helping as much the decision-makers and your patients to make the right calls. Read More


NEW WORKING GROUP
LifeCourse Immunisation as a Crucial Factor in Increasing Health Systems Resilience Across Europe

Formed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the World and pushed European Healthcare Systems to their limits.

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REPORTS FROM THE 2019 WORKING GROUPS

Even though 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 all are protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases. Heterogeneous childhood and adulthood national vaccination policies, differences in approach, prioritisation and processes, prevention policies not adapted to demographic changes and the increasingly ageing population, disease prevention in all stages of life not being yet a health policy priority, pack of policies to increase vaccines confidence, counteract misinformation and increase awareness and mobilise medical communities are among the main barriers.

➡️ Working Group on LIFECOURSE IMMUNISATION
➡️ Working Group on ONLINE MISINFORMATION
➡️ Working Group on EDUCATION GAPS AND BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE
➡️ Working Group on POCKETS OF LOW COVERAGE
➡️ Working Group on MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINATIONS
➡️ Working Group on INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS
➡️ Working Group on VARICELLA VACCINATIONS
➡️ Working Group on ROTAVIRUS VACCINATIONS


EU: COALITION FOR VACCINATION

Advocacy campaign to promote the uptake of vaccines among healthcare professionals and their patients. This campaign is launched online across Europe simultaneously with the European Immunization Week of the WHO Europe on 20 April 2020. The toolkit, produced by CPME, is made primarily for medical doctors. EFN has produced a toolkit for nurses and PGEU for pharmacists. The toolkit provides example posts to be linked to the campaign videos and images. All the campaign materials are easy to access and share on your organisation’s social media channels and website.

     
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MEMBERS ONLY AREA

We are preparing the Group's action plan and we are collecting ideas, suggestions and proposals on activities and campaigns from all members. Click here to visit the members-only area and submit your ideas and suggestions. Please note that you have to sign in to access the suggestions page.

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    Exploring pathways for building trust in vaccination and strengthening health system resilience

    Trust is critical to generate and maintain demand for vaccines in low and middle-income countries. However, there is little documentation on how health system insufficiencies affect trust in vaccination and the process of rebuilding trust once it has been compromised. We reflect on how disruptions to immunizations systems can affect trust in vaccination and can compromise vaccine utilization. We then explore key pathways for overcoming system vulnerabilities in order to restore trust, to strengthen the resilience of health systems and communities, and to promote vaccine utilization. 
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    Health System Resilience: What Are We Talking About? A Scoping Review Mapping Characteristics and Keywords

    Health systems are based on 6 functions that need to work together at all times to effectively deliver safe and quality health services. These functions are vulnerable to shocks and changes; if a health system is unable to withstand the pressure from a shock, it may cease to function or collapse. The concept of resilience has been introduced with the goal of strengthening health systems to avoid disruption or collapse. The concept is new within health systems research, and no common description exists to describe its meaning. The aim of this study is to summarize and characterize the existing descriptions of health system resilience to improve understanding of the concept. 
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    (25 MARCH 2020) ECDC RAPID RISK ASSESSMENT COVID-19

    As of 25 March 2020, more than 416 916 cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide by more than 150 countries. An increasing proportion of global cases are from EU/EEA countries and the UK. As of 25 March, 204 930 cases and 11 810 deaths have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK. 
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    ECDC: EUROSURVEILLANCE LATEST JOURNAL ARTICLES ON COVID-19.

    Europe's journal on infectious disease surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control aims to provide timely facts and guidance for public health professionals and decision-makers in the field of infectious disease to facilitate the implementation of effective prevention and control measures. Access the latest journal articles on COVID-19.
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    Hilleman Essay Contest

    Dr Maurice Hilleman is considered by many to be the father of modern vaccines. Over the course of his career, he developed many of the vaccines that are routinely recommended for children today. By the end of his career, Dr. Hilleman had prevented pandemic flu, combined the measles-mumps-rubella vaccines (MMR), developed the first vaccine against a type of human cancer, and much more. It is likely that Dr Hilleman’s work has saved more lives worldwide than any other scientist in history. The 2020 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest is coming soon! 
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    Vaccine Knowledge Project: Authoritative Information for all

    The Vaccine Knowledge Project aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research. All our content is aimed at the general public and designed to help people make informed decisions about vaccine issues. The content is also suitable for healthcare professionals such as health visitors, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians.
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    LET'S WORK TOGETHER

    Play Your Part and work with EIP and Vaccines Together. As a healthcare professional you are the most trusted source of advice for the families you support. You are uniquely placed to persuade patients to take all preventive options available according to the latest research and guidelines.

    Work with EIP and Vaccines Together to use your ultimate position of trust to change opinions (with patients, your colleagues and policymakers) and overcome vaccine hesitancy across Europe.

    Use the form below to contact EIP and let us know the Working Groups that you're interested in joining. This is your chance to connect with global vaccine experts and your fellow frontline colleagues from around the world to make a difference in an area that you are passionate about.


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