Recommendation 6-1: The Secretary of HHS should actively demonstrate the Department’s support for the National Vaccine Plan by:

  1. clarifying its primacy as the strategic planning tool applicable to all federal agencies with roles in the National Vaccine Program, and

  2. allocating the resources necessary to assure robust planning and implementation, with coordination by the National Vaccine Program Office.


It is important to note here that a plan is a paper document that cannot mobilize action or facilitate coordination by simply being. A stronger, well-resourced NVPO is needed to breathe life into the plan, facilitating initial coordination necessary to bring agencies and stakeholders to the table to finalize and implement the plan, and overseeing the periodic updating of the plan and evaluation of what is achieved.


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