U.S. HHS announces Implementation Plan for the 2010 National Vaccine Plan:

The U.S. HHS announced the Implementation Plan for the 2010 National Vaccine Plan:

Implementation Plan Development and Structure

The National Vaccine Plan Implementation was developed by an interagency working group representing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies involved in all aspects of vaccines and immunizations. This working group additionally consulted with partner government agencies outside of HHS, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). Individual stakeholder input was obtained through a series of meetings, and is described further below.

The Implementation Plan follows the architecture of the National Vaccine Plan, is organized by the five goals, and focuses on the objectives and strategies related to achieving the 10 priorities described in the Plan (following). These priorities were established with input from the Institute of Medicine, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and the interagency working group. They provide strategic action steps to ensure the national has a robust immunization program. The priorities can relate to more than one goal in the National Vaccine Plan, but are presented with the most relevant goal within the Implementation Plan.

The Plan is built around five broad goals:

Goal 1: Develop new and improved vaccines.

Goal 2: Enhance the vaccine safety system.

Goal 3: Support informed vaccine decision-making.

Goal 4: Ensure a stable supply of, access to, and better use of recommended vaccines in the United States.

Goal 5: Increase global prevention of death and disease through safe and effective vaccination.

National Vaccine Plan Priorities for Implementation
A. Develop a catalogue of priority vaccine targets of domestic and global health importance. (Goal 1)

B. Strengthen the science base for the development and licensure of new vaccines. (Goals 1 and 2)

C. Enhance timely detection and verification of vaccine safety signals and develop a vaccine safety scientific agenda. (Goal 2)

D. Increase awareness of vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), and the benefits/risks of immunization among the public, providers, and other stakeholders. (Goal 3)

E. Use evidence-based science to enhance vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, measurement of vaccine coverage, and measurement of vaccine effectiveness. (Goal 4)

F. Eliminate financial barriers for providers and consumers to facilitate access to routinely recommended vaccines. (Goal 4)

G. Create an adequate and stable supply of routinely recommended vaccines and vaccines for public health preparedness. (Goal 4)

H. Increase and improve the use of interoperable health information technology and electronic health records. (Goal 4)

I. Improve global surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases and strengthen global health information systems to monitor vaccine coverage, effectiveness, and safety. (Goal 5)

J. Support global introduction and availability of new and under-utilized vaccines to prevent diseases of public health importance. (Goal 5)

The 2010 National Vaccine Plan is a national, not federal, plan that acknowledges the many areas where stakeholder actions are needed to achieve a specific goal. The activities that are described in this Implementation Plan are those that will be undertaken by federal departments and agencies for the years 2010-2015 in line with their respective missions to achieve the specific objectives described for each goal. The scope of work outlined in the Implementation Plan will depend on the availability of future funds and other resources.

Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation
The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) will regularly track and annually summarize progress on achieving the goals and priorities in the National Vaccine Plan, identify areas where progress is lagging, and propose corrective action where needed.

Key documents:
2010 National Vaccine Plan [PDF – 356KB]

National Vaccine Plan Implementation [PDF- 822 KB]

Implementation Plan: Summary of Stakeholder Meetings [PDF- 982 KB]