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OBJECTIVES

The general objectives of VENICE III are:

  • to collect, share and disseminate information on national vaccination programmes through a network of professionals working in the field of vaccination;
  • to provide information useful to build up methodologies and provide guidance for improving the overall performance of the immunisation systems in the EU/EEA Member States.

The duration of the project is two years, renewable for further two years.

General objectives of the project for the first two-year project

  • to collect information on EU/EEA countries vaccination programmes at national and sub-national level;
  • to collect information on status of introduction and implementation of new vaccinations, on the basis of a plan of priorities shared among countries;
  • to periodically update EU/EEA countries immunization schedules available in the ECDC website;
  • to improve the quality of available vaccination coverage data of EU/EEA countries;
  • to define a roadmap for improving data, methodology and resource sharing between different National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs).

Specific objectives 2014 (Specific Agreement N.1: December 2013 – April 2014)

  • to organise a Network meeting to present objectives, methodologies and planned activities (WP1);
  • to carry out a survey on 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccination in the EU/EEA countries in the framework of monitoring the implementation of the Council Recommendations on influenza vaccination (WP2);
  • to produce a report mapping each variable of the WHO-UNICEF Joint Reporting Form and assessing EU/EEA vaccination coverage (VC) needs in order to discuss with WHO the potential amendment of the JRF and to produce a report on VC data quality in the EU/EEA countries (WP3);
  • to update EU/EEA vaccination schedules providing, in case of changes, an update on revised recommendations in countries with link to official information (WP4);
  • to define a plan on priority reports on vaccine introduction and vaccination programme implementation to be produced during the project (WP4); such plan should be evidence based and should suggest prioritisation methodology to support decision making process at European level;
  • to define a roadmap for improving data, methodology and resource sharing between different National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs), also supporting adoption of well-defined evidence-based methodology (WP5).