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Sunday's message on vaccination – “Confidence at pre-pandemic levels”

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Confidence in vaccination has returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to a report published by the Commission, which shows that there are differences between different age groups, and in particular that confidence in vaccines decreased in the 18 – 34 age group between 2018 and 2022.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important vaccines are, having saved an estimated 20 million lives in the first year after their approval,” Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakidou said on the occasion of the release of the report, stressing that this result is proof of importance of the Commission's collaboration with researchers, scientists, manufacturers, national authorities and international partners.

“At the same time, the report highlights how quickly trust can change, as well as the many factors that can to influence her”, he added.

“The increase in vaccine confidence before the pandemic was the result of a concerted effort in the EU. We need to learn from the pandemic and join forces to understand the barriers so we can close the vaccination gaps,” he underlined.

According to the Report on Confidence in Vaccines for 2022, the third in a series published by the Commission, at European level 81.5% of respondents agree that vaccines are important, 85.6% agree that they are effective and 82 .3% agree that they are safe.

Opinions about vaccines have generally returned to the levels they were at in 2018 after a series of fluctuations during the pandemic, however differences remain between Member States and in relation to different vaccines.

Also, it says, comparing data for the over-65s and 18-to-34-year-olds shows a growing “vaccine confidence gap,” with the 18-to-34 group trusting vaccines less in 2022 than in 2018.

The report follows up on a Council recommendation from 2018 to strengthen cooperation at EU level against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Meanwhile, as announced, Commissioner Kyriakidou will participate on Tuesday and Wednesday in a conference on lessons learned from the pandemic and strengthening the EU Health Security Framework.

At the conference, organized by the Commission and the Ministry of Health of Luxembourg, in addition to Ms. Kyriakidou, the Minister of Health of Luxembourg, Paulette Lenert, the MEP and president of the European Parliament's special committee on the pandemic (COVI) Kathleen Van Brempt, the regional the director of the World Health Organization for Europe, Hans Kluge, the head of the OECD for health, Francesca Colombo and the Director General of the Commission for health (DG SANTE).

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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