As part of the European Union’s joint action against COVID-19, a EU-wide vaccination process started at the end of December 2020. The responsibility of the Union is to ensure the provision of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in all EU countries.
Vaccines are authorised after an evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and consultation with the EU Member States. A number of resources on the vaccination in Europe is available. We list a number of them below.
- COVID-19 vaccines portal
- Vaccination and actions taken by the Commission to support Member States
- List of official national vaccination websites for each EU country
European Medicine Agency
World Health Organisation
A dedicated team is working on information materials, tools and trainings to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts around the world. Among the resources available is:
- A webpage to help prepare countries to be ready to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine. The page includes various articles, briefs, responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs), etc.
- Guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccines
- Guidance on prioritization of COVID-19 vaccines in the context of limited supply
- Additional WHO interim guidance is available for specific vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
Note that the World Health Organisation’s interim guidance on prioritization clearly states that, along with health workers at high risk of acquiring and transmitting infection, older adults have a large burden of disease and should be prioritized.
A range of COVID-19 vaccine introduction trainings are also available on OpenWHO along with e-learning modules, slide decks, and job aides. Two courses have been released:
- COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers
- Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines
For more information, visit our webpage dedicated to: