The NVAC feels that the draft National Vaccine Plan does not go far enough to address coordination of vaccine-related activities both at the Federal level and with non-governmental partners. This role was highlighted in the 1994 National Vaccine Plan, and again in the June 2008 Initial Guidance for an Update of the National Vaccine Plan: A Letter Report to the National Vaccine Program Office, which stated:
[T]he principal coordinating organization for the [National Vaccine Program] NVP is the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), within the Public Health Service (PHS). The NVPO’s responsibilities include providing overall leadership for the collaborative effort and monitoring the progress being made in achieving the plan’s goals. Within the PHS, the NVPO has the task of reviewing all budget requests associated with vaccine development and immunization programs to ensure that all major priorities are adequately covered and that there is no duplication of effort.
The NVAC urges the Institute of Medicine recommend as part of its critique of the draft National Vaccine Plan that the final Plan adequately and appropriately addresses the ability of the National Vaccine Program to coordinate between the many varied partners and stakeholders involved in immunization in the United States, and that it be given an adequate administrative structure and resources to do so.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide more information on behalf of the Committee. I can be reached through the National Vaccine Program Office, HHS at 202-690-5566.
Guthrie S. Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H.,
National Vaccine Advisory Committee