The National Vaccine Program is part of the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP). Priorities include adult immunization, vaccine confidence, vaccine innovation, and vaccine safety.
Mission and Purpose
The National Vaccine Program is part of the Office of Infectious Disease Policy and HIV/AIDS (OIDP), which is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), Office of the Secretary (OS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The National Vaccine Program and National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) were established in 1986 to comply with Section 2105 of the Public Health Service Act - PDF. Responsibilities of the National Vaccine Program include:
- Vaccine research
- Vaccine development
- Safety and efficacy testing of vaccines
- Licensing of vaccine manufacturers
- Production and procurement of vaccines
- Distribution and use of vaccines
- Necessity and effectiveness of vaccines
- Adverse events related to vaccines and immunization activities
These responsibilities are reflected in the National Vaccine Plan (NVP), which provides a framework, including goals, objectives, and strategies, for pursuing the prevention of infectious diseases through immunizations.