Vaccine Uptake / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Reaching the hard-to-reach: Increasing access and vaccine uptake among prison population in Europe [RISE-Vac]
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, ...
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, in absolute number and for its rapid turnover. Incarcerated individuals largely belong to socially-deprived communities with low socio-economic status and education level, high disease burden and prevalence of risk behaviours; and often, sub-optimal access to care. Prisons may be a gateway to offer appropriate and high quality healthcare and vaccination services to individuals while in detention.
To respond to this public health priority, the RISE-Vac consortium brings together multisectorial skills, solid experience and well established networks in the prison health field, reflecting epidemiological and structural diversities of European context.
RISE-Vac aims at improving the health of prison population in Europe by promoting vaccine literacy (VL), enhancing vaccine offer and increasing vaccine uptake (VU). Using state-of-the-art methodologies, RISE-Vac will gather existing evidence on vaccination strategies and services targeting people in prison and combine it with prospectively collected data on (i) attitude and VL among prison population and staff; (ii) vaccination status and VU during incarceration. RISE-Vac will use a co-creation approach to develop information and training materials tailored to people in prison and staff to increase their VL. Models of vaccination delivery will be devised and piloted to respond to the needs of prison population, prison settings characteristics and national priorities. Benefits resulting from RISE-Vac activities will accrue also in the general population, increasing overall VC. By upholding the principle that prison health is public health, the RISE-Vac project will provide tools and data-driven, evidence-based options to guide European countries in improving health status of people in prison and European population at large.
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: Vaccine Uptake
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Innovative Immunisation Hubs [ImmuHubs]
Objectives Recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases have brought to light important gaps in immunization coverage in Europe. Specific population groups have not had sufficient access to vaccin...
Objectives Recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases have brought to light important gaps in immunization coverage in Europe. Specific population groups have not had sufficient access to vaccines due to socioeconomic, cultural, geographic or health reasons. Activities The Innovative Immunisation Hubs (‘ImmuHubs’) project will 1) Establish proactive partnerships with citizen groups, public health agencies, key stakeholders and the general public to improve access to vaccination in disadvantaged, isolated, and difficult to reach population groups in 8 European countries, according to best practices for community partnerships. 2) Create innovative immunisation actions, which will increase vaccine uptake across borders, generations and population groups. 3) Develop sustainable solutions for vaccine protection of EU citizens, including during and after the COVID pandemic. Type and number of persons benefiting from the project Cyprus, Greece, Finland, Portugal, Poland, and Serbia, will each be hosting 3 ImmuHubs representing 1) disenfranchised populations 2) isolated/closed communities and 3) ethnic/cross-border populations. Two additional ImmuHubs will engage populations with health risks. A set of digital/analogue tools will be deployed to measure the impact of actions taken. Expected results 10% increase in the uptake of childhood and life-course vaccines >75% accuracy in awareness of the immunisation status 80% accurate understanding of vaccination needs specific to the population group 20% increase in planned consultations with health mediators and professionals 20% increase in intergenerational vaccine communication in the household/family unit Type and number of outputs to be produced The 3-year project will generate 24 deliverables dedicated to: management (4), dissemination activities (4), evaluation and COVID-aspects (4), ImmuHubs (4), health literacy in families/risk groups (4), systematic check-ups/analysis/sustainability (4).
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: Vaccine Uptake