CIOMS Guide to Vaccine Safety Communication
Report by Topic Group 3 of the CIOMS Working Group on Vaccine Safety
The CIOMS Guide to Vaccine Safety Communication provides an overview of strategic communication issues faced by medicines regulators, those responsible for vaccination policies and programs and other stakeholders including:
(1) the launch of newly-developed vaccines for the first time to market,
(2) the introduction of current or underutilized vaccines into new countries, regions, or populations, and
(3) the handling of any new safety issue arising during the life-cycle of a vaccine.
The Guide sources from existing guidance documents and compiles recommendations relevant from a regulatory perspective, providing a common ground in a way that has not been achieved otherwise at a global level. It stresses the fundamental importance of regulatory bodies having a system in place with skilled persons who can efficiently run vaccine safety communication in collaboration with stakeholders. It presents information and examples with color-coding for quick access to three levels of guidance and offers a CIOMS template to use to create a Vaccine Safety Communication Plan.