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Parliamentary questions
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20 September 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004655/2017

As the Commission pointed out in its answer to Written Question E-003863/2017, while vaccination policies are the competence of Member States, the Commission supports Member States in this area(1), for example by sharing information on vaccination policies within the Health Security Committee and by coordinating preparedness, assessment and outbreak management of vaccine-preventable diseases.

On 31 May 2017, the Commission held a workshop with Member States, civil society, industry and academia on vaccination which provided input for improving cooperation at EU level to counter vaccine hesitancy, address shortages and strengthen routine immunisation. Discussions also addressed issues related to the evidence-base and communication of vaccination programmes.

On the basis of Council conclusions on vaccination as an effective tool in public health(2) and of this workshop, the Commission and Member States are currently developing a Joint Action on vaccination co-funded by the Health Programme to share best practices on national vaccination policies.

In cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Commission is supporting Member States in the course of the European Immunisation Week(3), raising awareness on the importance of vaccination.

In this context, the ECDC supports Member States with guidance on planning and implementing communication activities in relation to immunisation programmes(4) to help to improve the training and education of healthcare professionals by providing them with tools for tailored communication with their patients.


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