Other support groups

Other support groups

Support for the development, implementation and communication of vaccine safety policies and procedures is available to immunization programmes from a range of other national, regional and local organizations.

These include National immunization technical advisory groupsNational immunization technical advisory groups (NITAGs)Advisory groups whose general objective is to guide national governments and policy-makers to develop and implement evidence-based, locally relevant immunization policies and strategies that reflect national priorities..

National immunization technical advisory groups (NITAGs)

Evidence-based information is accessible to NITAGs via the online NITAG Resource Centre. It provides four dedicated services.

NITAG Resource Centre

The general objective of NITAGs is to guide national governments and policy-makers to develop and implement evidence-based, locally relevant immunization policies and strategies that reflect national priorities. They support national authorities and empower them to address issues associated with:

  • Vaccine quality and safety,
  • The introduction of new vaccines and immunization technologies.

NITAGs also serve to:

  • Reinforce the credibility of national vaccine and immunization policies,
  • Help governments and national immunization authorities to resist pressure from vested interest groups,
  • Enhance the ability to secure government or donor funding for immunization programmes,
  • Encourage a more comprehensive approach to immunization policy that:
    • Considers the health of vulnerable populations,
    • Integrates various pre-existing vaccine-specific task forces.