European plan for a common vax passport dates back to 2018

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Documents here examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders.

Download the PDF ‘roadmap’ here or see the original link here. Also see the EU handbook for those involved in the design, implementation or management of immunisation information systems and as a PDF download here.

Among the targets listed in the roadmap include:

Investing in behavioural and social science research on the determinants of vaccine hesitancy across different subgroups of the population and healthcare workers.

Produce on a regular basis a Report on the State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU, to monitor attitudes to vaccination. Based on that report and taking into account related work by WHO, present guidance that can support Member States in countering vaccine hesitancy.

Convene a Coalition for Vaccination to bring together European associations of healthcare workers as well as relevant students’ associations in the field, to commit to delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths and exchanging best practice.

page2image729751920Ipage2image729752496Identify barriers to access and support interventions to increase access to vaccination for disadvantaged and socially excluded groups, including by promoting health mediators
and grassroots community networks, in line with national recommendations.

Develop EU guidance for establishing comprehensive electronic immunization information systems for effective monitoring of immunization programmes.

Research and Innovation for the development of safe and effective new vaccines, and the optimisation of existing vaccines.

Strengthen existing partnerships and collaboration with international actors and initiatives, such as the WHO and its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE), the Global Health Security Initiative and Agenda processes (Global Health Security Initiative, Global Health Security Agenda), Unicef and financing and research initiatives like Gavi, CEPI, GloPID-R and JPIAMR (the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance).

Counter online vaccine misinformation and develop evidence- based information tools and guidance to support Member States in responding to vaccine hesitancy, in line with the Commission Communication on tackling online disinformation

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