Vaccines Together’s Annual Summit and Working Groups aim to establish the burden of the vaccine-preventable disease and suggest strategies and policies to overcome barriers to increase vaccination coverage across all ages. In addition, they are tasked with protecting vaccination budgets and establishing vaccinations as the basis of health system resilience across Europe. By bringing together over 40 key organisations, opinion leaders, associations, and policymakers, we aim to advise evidence-based strategies, practices, and policies that should be implemented.
Since 2016, the Life Course Immunisation Summit has been our annual meeting for all stakeholders involved in Vaccines Together. Typically 40-60 participants with presentations and expert briefings, followed by discussion points on barriers and recommendations. Co-located at the Annual EIP Conference, the Summit is central to EIP’s work.
Feeding into and out of the Summit are dedicated Vaccination Working Groups with the goal of increasing vaccination rates in a particular disease field or policy area. Typically 15-25 members per Group work on strategies to overcome vaccine barriers by identifying and supporting targeted actions to increase vaccination rates. Current Working Groups include 1) Life Course Immunisation, 2) Vaccine Confidence, 3) RSV Prevention, 4) Meningococcal Vaccinations, and 5) Influenza Vaccinations.