Core functions specific to vaccine safety

When an AEFI happens, it is the health staff administering vaccines that often detect, record and report safety events. They assess and treat the adverse event, reporting it, and may be called to contribute to an AEFI investigation. The NIP is responsible for assuring that health staff respond to adverse events, and act to minimize the risk of AEFIs in the future.

Given the central role of the NIP in ensuring the safe delivery and administration of vaccines, it is imperative that it works closely with the NRA and other groups or committees involved in AEFI surveillance.

The NIP should also work in collaboration with NPCs on the collection and assessment of AEFI data.