Project Description



Developing a Country-Observatory for sharing best practices for vaccination promotion

Overall objectives

The co-OPERATOR project addresses the complexity and diversity in Europe’s vaccination landscape, focusing on population hesitancy and healthcare professionals’ communication challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted obstacles, with tailored campaigns and healthcare professionals playing crucial roles. The project aims to create a citizen-centred digital solution, incorporating behavioural science frameworks, to enhance vaccine uptake and literacy. Leveraging consortium expertise, it integrates the COM-B Model and 7C Model, fostering innovative approaches for effective health outcomes and engaging local communities. The project aligns with the call’s objective to implement recent research, offering a virtual observatory for knowledge sharing and mobilizing health literacy for vaccination promotion.

“Amidst this complexity and diversity, both the population hesitancy to vaccinate and the healthcare professionals’ efficiency to communicate information about vaccines are key dimensions common to the whole EU/EEA which need to be addressed”.

The project started on the 1st of November 2023 and aims to:

  1. Develop survey tools for measuring vaccine uptake determinants and vaccination promotion skills.
  2. Gather best-practice evidence to create evidence-based recommendations for low vaccination uptake.
  3. Assess factors contributing to low vaccine uptake and healthcare professionals’ communication barriers.
  4. Create an interactive virtual observatory for result dissemination and transferability.
  5. Translate research into evidence-based recommendations through a Policy Lab for practical implementation.

WP1: Project management and coordination

WP2: Dissemination and Sustainability Strategies

WP3: Virtual platform/observatory and AI

WP4: Understanding and Preparing

WP5: Mapping, Research, and Implementation

    • To effectively implement the co-OPERATOR Learning Activities in all partner countries and multiply its online use and accessibility in most EU member states, to at least 700 educators, head teachers, practitioners, academics, civil society stakeholders
    • To build the capacity, skills and understanding of health professionals, practitioners, academics, civil society stakeholders
    • To collect good examples of implementation that will support the future spread

EFPC role:

Task 5.4 – Training of health professionals, practitioners, academics, civil society stakeholders and policy makers. [LEAD UR with CSI] [Month12-M36]: Training of Health Professionals and Stakeholders: Implement two cycles of training sessions for health professionals, academics, civil society stakeholders, and policy makers. The second cycle involves mentors providing awareness sessions to citizens for a broader impact.

  • 1st Cycle of Implementation: Each partner will provide training to at least 80 health professionals, practitioners, academics, civil society stakeholders and policy makers and local actors based on how to utilize the Digital tools and AI Observatory in their work to promote wider vaccination programs. These trainings will be provided in blended format, where the face-to-face activities will be of a duration of 10 hours and 20 hours online activity.
  • 2nd Cycle of Implementation: A selection of 10 mentors out of the 60 professionals trained at the first Cycle will be made, and will be supported to provide awareness and information sessions to citizens and citizens groups representatives, in order to general a domino information effect on the importance of vaccination programmes at national and EU level. Each mentor will be invite to organize an info session of 10 participants, for a duration of 8 hours in total, with the support of the respective partner. In total more than 500 citizens and representatives are expected to participate in this 2nd cycle of implementation.

WP6: Translate research evidence to policy recommendations.