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Belgium-Brussels: State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU 2022
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU 2022
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.
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).
Section IV: Procedure
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.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information
Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3).