CPHA Canvax

Immunization Partnership Fund

Currently, too few Canadians are being vaccinated and Canada is not meeting its vaccination coverage goals.  As a result, Canadians are still at risk of needless illness and death from vaccine preventable diseases.  Recognizing this public health challenge, the Government of Canada through Budget 2016, committed $25 million over five years (2016 – 2021) in new investments to improve vaccination coverage rates in Canada and address reasons why some Canadians are hesitant to get their vaccines.

Approximately $3 million annually over 5 years is dedicated to the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF), the Public Health Agency of Canada’s first grants and contributions stream dedicated to improving vaccination coverage by supporting partners in implementing interventions in three priority areas:

  1. Enabling vaccination/healthcare providers to vaccinate their patients: Interventions that improve the ability of vaccinators and public health programs to identify under and un-immunized patients and increase vaccination coverage. 
  2. Increasing demand for vaccination: Interventions which address gaps in Canadian’s knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about vaccination, and raise awareness of vaccination benefits, requirements and where to get vaccinated, and 
  3. Enhancing access to vaccination services:  Interventions that address systemic barriers to developing, delivering, and accessing vaccination programs and/or services.

Currently funded projects

  • Alberta Ministry of Health – Pilot testing of a text message reminder/recall intervention for a child’s 18-month immunization appointment in three communities.  Text messages will be in sent to parents in their language of choice and will include general information on the importance of immunization and the vaccine to be administered.
  • British Columbia Fraser Health Authority – Outreach activities to enhance access to vaccination with the goal of increasing vaccine coverage for 2-year olds among vulnerable populations in the Surrey and Chilliwack regions of British Columbia.
  • British Columbia Centre for Disease Control - To monitor influenza vaccine effectiveness against medically-attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza in Canada and to provide estimates of vaccine protection to public health and immunization stakeholders and the Canadian public.
  • CANImmunize Inc. - Expansion and enhancement of the CANimmunize mobile application, a free, pan-Canadian immunization App designed for Canadians to store their vaccination records on their mobile phones, provide appointment reminders, and to provide local outbreak notifications and other information specific to each province and territory.
  • Canadian Association of Midwives – Assessment of the information and resources needs of midwives and midwifery clients with regard to vaccines.  Development of resources to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of midwives with regard to vaccines.
  • Canadian Paediatric Society - Development of an online education module and in-person training designed to increase the skills of health care providers thereby allowing them to effectively counsel vaccine hesitant clients.
  • Canadian Public Health Association - Development of a national immunization resource centre to serve as a repository of evidence-informed tools and strategies.
  • Department of Health in Nunavut – Improvements to the quality of vaccination data which will then be used to inform tailored interventions aimed at increasing vaccination coverage rates and strengthening existing vaccination delivery programs.
  • L’Institut national de santé publique du Québec – Development and evaluation of interventions designed to increase immunization coverage rates in select elementary schools within the province.
  • Manitoba Health, Senior and Active Living – Identification of under-immunized districts in Manitoba through mapping of vaccine uptake, and development of local intervention strategies to increase vaccine uptake in children living in these districts.
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority – Assessment of the immunization coverage rates of seven-year-old children and identification of barriers to immunization experienced by some parents and guardians.  This data will be used to inform targeted interventions for communities that emerge as having difficulty staying up to date with immunizations.
  • Public Health Association of British Columbia – Development of a school-based, online learning platform designed to raise student literacy around the importance of vaccines by affecting changes in knowledge, attitudes and beliefs.
  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada - An exploratory study of vaccination issues during pregnancy and identification of practices and tools required to address them.
  • Yukon Department of Health and Social Services – Identification of the factors contributing to, or preventing, vaccine uptake with a view to inform evidence-based strategies aimed at improving immunization service delivery and uptake in Yukon

Completed projects

  • British Columbia Ministry of Health – Implementation of an electronic immunization reminder/recall system to automate reminder calls for booked immunization appointments across all 39 health centres in the Interior Health Authority.
  • C.D. Howe Institute - Review of immunization policies and best practices across Canada.
  • Prince Edward Island Department of Health Wellness – A province-wide initiative to increase adult immunization rates by upgrading healthcare provider capacity to identify under/un-immunized individuals; enhancing their capacity to communicate effectively about immunization; and, developing a targeted communication strategy and social marketing campaign to promote adult immunization.
  • Quebec – CIUSSS de l’Estrie – Provision of specialized training to healthcare providers (HCPs) in Quebec maternity wards, which includes motivational interviewing techniques to enable HCPs to better communicate the benefits of vaccination and address concerns of vaccine hesitant parents.

 

Last Reviewed: October 9, 2019

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