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Parliamentary questions
6 June 2018
E-001984/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to the Written Question E-005260/2017, the competence for vaccination policies and how they are organised lies with the EU Member States.

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to the Written Question E-003125/2017, the number of Europe-wide studies analysing the impact of mandatory vaccination on vaccination coverage is limited. Mappings conducted in the EU indicate that there are no striking differences in vaccination coverage between countries that recommend certain vaccinations and countries that make vaccinations mandatory for the general public(1),(2). However, the Commission has no information on single national vaccination programmes as regards their impact on public trust.

The Commission has recently presented a policy initiative on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases by which it proposes to establish a European Vaccination Information Sharing system to monitor online vaccine misinformation and develop evidence-based information tools and guidance to support Member States in countering vaccine hesitancy. In addition, the Commission proposes to convene a Coalition for vaccination, including European associations of healthcare workers, to combat myths about vaccination.

Building on the existing EU pharmacovigilance system(3) the Commission proposes with the new vaccination initiative to establish, with support of the European Medicines Agency, a European vaccination information portal to provide objective, transparent and updated evidence on vaccines, their benefit and safety, and the pharmacovigilance process.

(1)World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region. Centralised information system for infectious diseases (CISID). Available from: http://data.euro.who.int/cisid/?TabID=67
(2)ASSET EU-funded project, Compulsory vaccination and rates of coverage immunisation in Europe, accessible at http://www.asset-scienceinsociety.eu/reports/page1.html
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/health/human-use/pharmacovigilance_en

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