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Vaccines Together’s Annual Summit, Working Groups and Special Focus Teams have the overarching aims of overcoming barriers to uptake, protecting vaccination budgets, and establishing vaccinations as the basis of health system resilience across Europe. By bringing together over 50 key organisations, opinion leaders, associations, and policymakers we aim to advise evidence-based strategies, practices, and policies that should be implemented. To achieve this the following Groups, Meetings and Team have been formed:
Running since 2016 the Annual Life Course Summit is our Annual Vaccines meeting for all stakeholders involved in Vaccines Together. Typically 40-60 participants with presentations and expert briefings, followed by discussion points on overcoming barriers and recommendations on what should be done. Co-located at the Annual EIP Conference the Summit is central to EIP’s work as part of the EU Vaccination Coalition.
Feeding into and out of the Summit are dedicated Vaccination Working Groups with a goal to increase vaccination rates in a particular disease field or policy area. Typically 15-25 members per Working 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, 5) Influenza Vaccinations.
As part of the Life Course Summit and Working Group, there are also linked Special Focus Teams. Typically 5-8 participants in size. Focused on specific areas/challenges need to be discussed in more depth and require a more multi-disciplinary approach. Current Teams include: Healthcare Professionals – HCP vaccine uptake and advocacy strategies, Adolescents – Increasing adolescent vaccine rates and vaccine acceptance, Chronic Conditions – Vaccine strategies and policies for at-risk groups, Pregnancy – Increasing vaccination uptake among pregnant women? One-Shot two lives