The low adult vaccination coverage in Europe and the barriers experienced during the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination strategies in almost all European countries underline the need for a thorough reflection on adult immunization programs in Europe. Therefore, the team of Prof. Paolo Bonanni – Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Florence (Italy) and Prof. Pierre Van Damme, Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp (Belgium) joined forces to create an “Adult immunization board (AIB)” based on years of experience with the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB, created in 1992) and the HPV Prevention And Control board (HPV Board, created in 2015). In this contest, Active Citizenship Network has become an independent advisor to the Adult Immunization Board (AIB).
The AIB is an independent, international, multidisciplinary group of experts created to provide evidence-based reflection and guidance on strategic, technical, and policy aspects that will occur as we implement adult vaccination programs in Europe. During the Kick-off meeting organized last 8 November 2022 in Antwerp it was established the basic structure and functions of the Board and to plan the agendas of future meetings. The meeting was a unique gathering of international experts on adult vaccination in Europe. To know more, click here.