EFIS Vaccine Task Force

The EFIS Vaccine Task Force was established in February 2020 to pool resources and expertise across European immunology to play a key role in reversing the low/downward trend in childhood vaccination rates by providing a strong, engaging, evidence-based and collective voice across Europe.  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the remit of the Task Force was expanded to include all vaccinations and much of the work to date has focused on increasing public confidence in SARS-CoV-2 vaccines across Europe.

The long-term aim of the Task Force is to provide an expert view on vaccination issues, continue to share best practice across Europe in engaging the public with the importance and value of COVID-19 vaccination, and to build on the Task Force’s pandemic-focused work to embed the importance of vaccine engagement more widely across European populations.

Task Force Spokesperson:

Dr. Doug Brown
Chief Executive Officer
British Society for Immunology
Email: d.brown@immunology.org

One of the major efforts of the EFIS Vaccine Task Force, in collaboration with the British Society for Immunology (BSI), has been to provide the interested public with access to reliable, evidence-based, vaccine information. Thanks to the work of the Task Force, these vaccine infographics explaining how vaccines work and the importance of vaccination, have been translated into several European languages, all of which can be downloaded from the list below.

Arabic  Lithuanian
English Polish
French Spanish
German Ukrainian
Greek Welsh
Irish Yiddish

A first tangible achievement of the Task Force was its delivery of a co-authored a white paper, published in March 2021, about European co-operation in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccination. The paper, which was circulated in its original English form and in translation throughout Europe, to members of the constituent immunological societies and more widely politicians and policymakers, academic institutions, medical and learned societies, journalists for national media, and through online social media channels, can be downloaded here.