What we did
In our quest to drive better vaccine policy across Europe, we collaborated with the Coalition for Life Course Immunisation (CLCI), The European Health Data Space (EHDS) and The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD) to understand and address the gaps in the current vaccination policy framework.
We dissected the existing decision-making models, data-harnessing mechanisms, and communication channels to propose a robust, data-driven pathway for enhancing vaccination uptake and equity.
A policy paper that underscores the following pivotal recommendations:
1. Support NITAGs to utilise multi-dimensional data that tells the right story. Utilising clinical trial, real-world and conceptual data can address knowledge gaps and inform sustainable decision-making. This requires investment in both developing the data sets and upskilling the NITAGs.
2. Standardise and harmonise diverse data sets to ensure interoperability. Platforms like the European Health Data Space (EHDS) can support European data harmonisation, ensuring robust data security and privacy policies.
3. Utilise modern technologies to expand systematic testing and surveillance to predict and identify emerging health threats, define vaccination goals and evaluate annual vaccine uptake.
4. Further open communication channels to share data and build public trust. Sharing data between government, healthcare, and industry supports decision-making, and open communication with the public can increase confidence in recommendations.
Read the report in full here.