Expert consultation meeting: Developing a training course on vaccine acceptance
Vaccine acceptance and dealing with vaccine hesitancy is increasingly a topic of concern, and empowering frontline healthcare professionals to deal with this challenge is vitally needed at this time. At the beginning of 2019, vaccine hesitancy was included in the top 10 health threats of this year for WHO. In order to improve the skills of European health professionals working in healthcare and public health in addressing the doubts and concerns of patients regarding vaccination, ECDC is convening an expert consultation meeting during 11-12 April 2019. This meeting will inform the development of a training course on vaccine acceptance.
The aim of the meeting is to consult a group of experts from EU and non-EU countries on the content, methodology of training and dissemination for the development of an ECDC training course on vaccine acceptance. Once developed, the training will address health professionals, as they are at the frontline of interaction with parents, adolescents and care takers when they are trying to decide about vaccinations.
Participants in the consultation meeting include leading experts with backgrounds in areas such as risk communication, behavior change, social marketing and vaccine advocacy, as well as training; experts from EU Member States’ public health agencies, schools of public health and/or primary care (as end users of the future training); and also primary care professionals involved in immunization in their respective countries.
The meeting is by invitation only. Two of the keynote presentations, namely Dr Heidi Larson, Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, UK, and Prof Dr Arnaud Gagneur, Sherbrooke University in Canada, on 11 April will be live-streamed, see details below.
How to join the live-stream
When: 11 April, 10 a.m. (Europe Summer Time (Paris, GMT +02:00)
Duration: 2 hours
- Join by computer or video:
- Follow this link: start your meeting
- Fill in your name
- Fill in the code for the room/meeting: ECDC
- Join by phone
- Dial 0046 (0)851761557 (Sweden Toll) or find your local toll number from this link: Global call-in numbers.
- Wait for 5 seconds or until instructed.
- Then dial the room/meeting number: 842 134 081#
- Wait an additional 5 seconds or until instructed.
- Dial the password for the room/meeting: 3232 #
Read more on the ECDC website
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