A new report has identified vaccine hesitancy as a major public health threat across the European Union (EU) region.
The State of Health in the EU companion report has been published alongside reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries.
This companion report shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of healthcare systems and highlights how as the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases diminished greatly, the perception of risk also decreased and doubts emerged about the need to vaccinate at all. The authors suggest this can be tackled by improving health literacy, countering disinformation and actively involving health workers.
It also shows how gaps in healthcare accessibility are still very much a reality in the EU, and says both the clinical needs and socioeconomic characteristics of patients need to be accounted for when measuring access to healthcare and its many barriers.
The report suggests that skill mix innovations among the health workforce show great potential for increasing the resilience of health systems, and said “promising examples of task shifting among health workers are found across the EU.”