UEMO’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign — It’s never too late (Part II)

15/03/2022 137 Views
UEMO’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign — It’s never too late (Part II)

Across Europe, General Practice/Family Medicine has been closely involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The profession has not only effectively managed those who have contracted the virus but has played a significant role in both prevention and reducing transmission. Thankfully, effective vaccines to COVID-19 have been rapidly developed and Governments across the world have focused on policies designed to maximise their delivery to populations. It became clear that rapid, systematic and widespread vaccination programmes were critical in order to reduce both transmission of and mortality from COVID-19 and that General Practice/Family Medicine had to be at the heart of that.

Throughout Europe vaccines are increasingly available – the challenge has been ensuring populations have access to them and ramping up vaccination capacity. Without exception, primary care and General Practice/Family Medicine has played a critical and central role in the delivery of vaccine programmes. Furthermore, the profession is a trusted source of information and has demonstrated its value in educating the public, disseminating propagating public health messaging, reducing vaccine hesitancy and maximising take up.

 

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