UEMO welcomes Commission’s efforts to boost vaccination rates in the EU

29/10/2018 Policy , Policy2 1057 Views
UEMO welcomes Commission’s efforts to boost vaccination rates in the EU

UEMO salutes the first results published on the 23th and 24th of October after the adoption of the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the EU cooperation on vaccine preventable diseases.

Insufficient vaccination coverage rates have contributed to recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the EU. Key obstacles to vaccination coverage have been misinformation that has resulted in fears and lack of trust about vaccine safety and side effects. The UEMO fully supports the call for a global solution and a multidimensional action plan both at national level, reinforcing cooperation between Member States and at European level too. The involvement of all key stakeholders is crucial in order to achieve common goals in a more efficient way.

The Expert Panel report “Vaccination Programmes and Health Systems in the European Union” highlights the importance of increasing the vaccination access and availability to healthcare services as well as to promote an active involvement and engagement by healthcare providers.

As for the “Organization and delivery of vaccination services in the European Union” study prepared by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (EOHSP), it presents an extensive comparison between the sustained efforts undertaken by the 28 EU Member States in addressing vaccine-preventable diseases. The analysis revealed not only what achievements have been made per country, but also further improvements that could be done to tackle this public health threat.

The UEMO commits itself to participate actively to the Coalition for Vaccination in bringing together European associations of healthcare workers and students’ associations, to commit to delivering accurate information to the public, combating misinformation, myths and exchanging best practices.

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