In February 2018 EuroHealthNet responded to stakeholder and public consultations on vaccination.
The document below summarises EuroHealthNet’s response to the European Commission’s consultations on possible activities to be included in a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases, which will be adopted mid-2018.
It addresses three aspects:
- Tackling vaccine hesitancy at national and EU level;
- Sustainable vaccine policies in the EU;
- EU coordination, including the promotion of stakeholder dialogue, and contribution to global health.
From a health equity perspective EuroHealthNet considers that priority should be given to addressing the needs and fulfilling the right to health of the underserved. This requires better commitment, investment and outreach programmes to tackle the under coverage of marginalised, migrant, or socially disadvantaged children and families. It is important to invest in health promotion and education programmes, and fight vaccine hesitancy by providing transparent and evidence-based information to the public in targeted and tailored ways.