IENE11: EMPOWERING NURSES AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO PROMOTE VACCIONATION AND TACKLE VACCINE HESITANCY
EMPOWERING NURSES AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO PROMOTE VACCIONATION AND TACKLE VACCINE HESITANCY
01/12/2021 - 01/12/2023
Type of project
KA2 COOPERATION PARTNERSHIP
NATIONAL ERASMUS+ AGENCY (ROMANIA)
The proposed project is a strong response to the important and actual European issue aiming to support and train the healthcare professionals to promote vaccination and tackle with vaccine hesitancy.
The WHO listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 public health threats in 2019.
The Euro barometer survey 488 about attitudes towards vaccination made in 28 EU States on 27,524 people, in March 2019, showed that 31 % of Europeans believed that vaccines weaken the immune system, 30% can cause the diseases and 48% often produce serious side effects (in CY -65%, RO-53%, ES-43% and DK-35%).
Since 2018, fighting disinformation, and improving vaccine confidence are objectives shared by the EC and Member States and continuous training of all healthcare a priority, recommending to strengthen the aspects related to vaccinology and immunization in the medical curricula and education to tackle vaccine hesitance.
TheCOVID-19 crisis shed light on the importance of the vaccination, which became a top priority of the European Commission.
Disinformation and misinformation around COVID-19 raised concerns about vaccines. Media coverage, particularly via the Internet, sometime fuel public fears about the safety of vaccines, which likely make the uptake of vaccines more difficult.
Also, a part of healthcare workers themselves are vaccine-hesitant, whether considering vaccination for themselves or their patients.
The EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines, 15 October 2020, underlined that work with health professionals as trusted sources on vaccination matters and is important to address vaccine hesitancy, tackle the misinformation and disinformation, ensure clear communication on the benefits, risks and importance of COVID-19 vaccines and build public confidence in vaccines.
The curriculum for nurses do not include extensive topics on vaccination.
Staff from Covid-19 vaccination centers has been trained, focusing on the vaccination procedures but there are not specific training programs for nurses and healthcare professionals on promoting vaccination.
As nurses, doctors and healthcare workers from community-based or school-based services, pharmacies, points to deliver vaccination remain the most trusted source of information, provision of information material and specific trainings on communication and social relationship are highly necessary to help them to communicate with people that are more hesitant.
Consortia (coordinating and partners)
Coordination: EDUNET Craiova Dolj, Romania
Cyprus University of Technology, (Cyprus)
National Kapodistrian University of Athens, (Greece)
University of Almería (Spain)