Services - 59406-2022

04/02/2022    S25

Belgium-Brussels: State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU 2022

2022/S 025-059406

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission
Postal address: Rue Belliard 232, White Park (B232), Rue Breydel 2-10
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Postal code: 1040
Country: Belgium
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU 2022

II.1.2)Main CPV code
85000000 Health and social work services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of the study is to develop a systematic overview and analysis of the current climate of vaccine hesitancy activities and best practices and its evolution from 2018 and 2020 and establish how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected national-level perceptions to vaccines. Both for general public and healthcare professionals.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 480 000.00 EUR
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE Belgique / België
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The general objective of the study is to develop a systematic overview and analysis of the current climate of vaccine hesitancy activities and best practices and its evolution from 2018 and 2020 and establish how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected national-level perceptions to vaccines. Both for general public and healthcare professionals.

Especially important will be to know how confidence has changed towards childhood vaccines for young people, since 2018, and due to the current pandemic situation. And also how the confidence of health professionals has changed, especially for HPV and influenza, since the pandemic. The introduction of novel Covid-19 vaccines in response to the pandemic have raised a number of other important questions that should be answered in order to assess both confidence in Covid-19 vaccines, but also the impact of Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination policy on attitudes to routine immunisation.

The study shall present the situation regarding confidence in vaccines in the individual 27 Member States of the EU and aggregated data for the whole EU, and will allow a follow up of the previous 2016, 2018 and 2020 report, taking a special look at the situation among health professionals, especially general practitioners and nurses. It should follow the same methodology that previous reports. The sample of health professionals should be adapted in order to reflect the different categories of professionals, and have an adequate distribution by sex, age and place of work (rural/cities).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the proposed methodology / Weighting: 60/100
Quality criterion - Name: Organisation of work and resources / Weighting: 30/100
Quality criterion - Name: Quality control measures / Weighting: 10/100
Price - Weighting: 40/60
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

EU4Health Programme

II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons

The situation regarding vaccine confidence in the EU is very worrying. Europe is the world region where there is more hesitancy regarding vaccination, with countries like France where 42 % of the general population is hesitant. The data of the study will help the development of the Council Recommendation and present guidance that can support member States in countering vaccine hesitancy and especially in the current pandemic situation and also to learn from the current situation and for a future introduction of new vaccines.

The specificities of the work that make necessary to contract it with the VCP (at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Antwerp) are that the Commission needs absolutely to have the same methodology used in 2016, 2018 and 2020, same questions, same sample population, in order to make possible to do comparisons and to ensure that the changes in the public opinion are not due to changes in the study methodology, but to changes in the population's opinion. A different, independent, isolated study would lead to an inefficient use of resources. The calculation of the costs of the study has been done following those of the framework contract of the Eurobarometer.

The current contract intends to build on the 2018 and 2020 studies offering a comparison with the data of those years to allow for the identification of trends.

As this organisation is the only one having the appropriate methodology and the data at hand, it is the only entity able to perform this contract within the time frame.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract


State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU 2022

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Universiteit Antwerpen
Town: Antwerpen
NUTS code: BE21 Prov. Antwerpen
Country: Belgium
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot: 479 936.75 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: L-2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: