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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    The online competition between pro- and anti-vaccination views

    Distrust in scientific expertise is dangerous. Opposition to vaccination with a future vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the causal agent of COVID-19, for example, could amplify outbreaks, as happened for measles in 2019. Homemade remedies and falsehoods are being shared widely on the Internet, as well as dismissals of expert advice. There is a lack of understanding about how this distrust evolves at the system level. Here we provide a map of the contention surrounding vaccines that has emerged from the global pool of around three billion Facebook users. 
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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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    WHO: Draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines

    May 27, 2020 These landscape documents have been prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) for information purposes only concerning 2019-2020 global of the novel coronavirus. Inclusion of any particular product or entity in any of these landscape documents does not constitute, and shall not be deemed or construed as, any approval or endorsement by WHO of such product or entity (or any of its businesses or activities). While WHO takes reasonable steps to verify the accuracy of the information presented in these landscape documents, WHO does not make any (and hereby disclaims all) representations and warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, fitness for a particular purpose (including any of the aforementioned purposes), quality, safety, efficacy, merchantability and/or non-infringement of any information provided in these landscape documents and/or of any of the products referenced therein. WHO also disclaims any and all liability or responsibility whatsoever for any death, disability, injury, suffering, loss, damage or other prejudice of any kind that may arise from or in connection with the procurement, distribution or use of any product included in any of these landscape documents. 
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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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    At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

    Agencies call for joint effort to safely deliver routine immunization and proceed with vaccination campaigns against deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.  COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio. This stark warning comes from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, at which world leaders will come together to help maintain immunization programmes and mitigate the impact of the pandemic in lower-income countries. According to data collected by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Gavi and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, provision of routine immunization services is substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect approximately 80 million children under the age of 1 living in these countries.
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    Measles continues to spread across the EU/EEA – No time for complacency

    A total of 13 200 measles cases were reported by the EU/EEA countries and the UK in 2019. In addition, approximately 1 000 measles cases were reported in the first two months of 2020. Cases were reported in all age groups. This highlights the importance of continuous efforts to improve routine childhood immunisation programmes and address immunity gaps in the population. The most recent ECDC Measles Annual Epidemiological Report published today shows that in 2019, a total of 13 200 cases were reported by the EU/EEA countries and the UK.
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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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