On 16 January 2023, IMMUNION held its final General Assembly, which was the first time all partners met together in person. The meeting brought together 52 participants, including 15 members of the project’s Scientific Advisory Board.
The meeting served to discuss project activities, and to reflect on the successes and challenges of the project. Overall, IMMUNION has achieved all its planned activities to date, and has in many cases exceeded the indicators guiding its outreach. Some of the key achievements include developing and delivering one general and three national trainings to trainers of healthcare professionals and students on vaccine communication, as well as developing pilot activities in the four partner countries to improve vaccine uptake in specific underserved populations. All resources developed during the project are available on the Coalition for Vaccination website.
During the meeting, participants also looked ahead to the end of the project in March 2023, exchanging on how to ensure the sustainability of project activities. The Coalition for Vaccination, which was supported by IMMUNION during the two years of the project, will continue to be active after March 2023, making use of tools developed by the project (such as the website and social media), and building on the strengthened collaboration between Coalition partners and beyond.
The Coalition for Vaccination together with the IMMUNION consortium will continue to reflect on post-project activities in the months to come, for instance discussing how to engage further countries and healthcare professionals in the training and piloting activities, as well as the direction and activities of the Coalition going forwards. These discussions continued during the Coalition for Vaccination conference the following day. A report of the conference will be made available on the website.