The Vaccination Confidence – Patients’ and Professionals’ Awareness, Communication and Trust (VAC-PACT) pilot project aims to improve uptake and confidence in vaccines for patients with chronic diseases, families and supporting communities.
Chronic diseases affect more than 80% of people aged over 65 in Europe and account for up to 80% of healthcare costs in terms of premature deaths, healthy life years lost, and lost productivity. (Health at a Glance: Europe 2016, State of Health in the EU Cycle)
It is estimated that almost 50 million people live with multiple chronic diseases – the main challenge facing Europe’s healthcare systems is to provide equitable access to high-quality care that is patient/person-centred and meets people’s changing needs. (OECD Ministerial Statement: The Next Generation of Health Reforms, 2017)
Comprehensive vaccination programmes are the cornerstone of good public health and bring about life-long societal benefits.
However, sustainable investment in improving dialogue with citizens, listening to their needs, understanding their concerns, and developing tailored intervention strategies is required.
The Vaccination Confidence – Patients’ and Professionals’ Awareness, Communication and Trust project provides patients with chronic diseases, health professionals, and supporting communities (including patient associations, families, informal carers) with tailored information about the importance of vaccines in their specific contexts working towards improving vaccine uptake and confidence.
WHO COVID-19 Advice for the public:
We are all being exposed to a huge amount of COVID-19 information on a daily basis, and not all of it is reliable.
ECDC COVID-19 Updates:
It is important to continue practicing physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, and keep good hand hygiene.