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Approved Resolution

Approved Resolution by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (7 February 2012)

 Sustaining and Modernizing Immunization Programs

Preamble

The Affordable Care Act provides for a significant expansion of insurance coverage for immunization services, which will – when fully implemented - improve payment for vaccines for children and adults, and significantly reduce the substantial population of underinsured children in the United States. As a result, it is expected that the need for public sector purchase of vaccine for underinsured children will be reduced. However, there will remain other critical functions for immunization programs that will need to be developed, maintained, or improved. In addition, goal 4 of the National Vaccine Plan specifically is to “Ensure a stable supply of, access to, and better use of recommended vaccines in the United States.” In order to accomplish this goal, and in particular, objectives 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7, and in consideration of the changing environment, it is fundamentally important that we improve understanding of the significant roles that these immunization programs play in ensuring continued success of the country’s immunization effort.

Resolution

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will charge a working group with the task of identifying and describing critical functions of immunization programs at the national, state, and local level. The working group should complete its work and make its report to NVAC by the September 2012 meeting. This report should provide recommendations to the Assistant Secretary of Health on methods to develop, maintain, and improve the nation’s immunization programs in light of environmental changes forthcoming.

Votes for the Resolution:

14 NVAC Members Present (1 via teleconference):

Votes:  14 in favor; 2 NVAC members absent.

Resolution passed and approved by NVAC on 7 February 2012

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Approved Resolution by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (8 February 2012)

Establishment of NVAC-Global Immunization Working Group

Preamble

Goal 5 of the U.S. 2010 National Vaccine Plan specifies that the U.S. should increase efforts towards global prevention of death and disease through safe and effective vaccination. The role of the U.S. government in global vaccination should be reviewed to ensure that we are on track to fulfill our responsibilities and meet these goals and objectives.

Resolution

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) charges a Working Group with the tasks of “reviewing the role of HHS in global vaccination, the effects of global vaccination on global populations, the effects of global vaccination on US populations, and recommend how HHS can best continue to contribute, consistent with its newly established Global Health Strategy and Goal 5 of the National Vaccine Plan. The working group should also make recommendations on how to best communicate this information to decision makers and the general public to ensure continued sufficient resources for the global vaccination effort”.

The Working Group should complete its work and make its report to NVAC by the February 2013 meeting. This report should provide recommendations to the Assistant Secretary of Health on how to implement the recommendations.

Votes for the Resolution:

14 NVAC Members Present (3 via teleconference):

Votes: 14 in favor; 2 NVAC members absent.

Resolution passed and approved by NVAC on 8 February 2012

Note:  NVAC Chair, Dr. Walter Orenstein, designated NVAC member Dr. Philp LaRussa as the Chair of the NVAC- Global Immunization Working Group.