Introducing the New Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee
5 Oct 2021
Public Health Ontario (PHO) hosts various External Advisory Committees made up of teams of multi-disciplinary experts from across Ontario that come together to provide leadership, scientific and technical advice, best practices and recommendations to the health sector on a range of public health topics. Current Committees include the Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee and the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control.
PHO is excited to host a new external committee — The Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee. Established in August 2021 at the request of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Committee provides evidence-based advice to PHO on vaccines and immunization matters including vaccine program implementation in Ontario, priority populations, clinical guidance and vaccine safety and effectiveness. While the focus of the committee’s initial work will be on COVID-19 immunization programs in Ontario, the Committee’s work will also include publicly-funded vaccines and immunization programs as well as those under consideration for new programming.
The Committee is made up of members with clinical, epidemiological and public health knowledge, as well as expertise in the following areas:
- Infectious diseases and immunology
- Special populations (e.g., immunocompromised groups, maternal-fetal health)
- Vaccine-preventable diseases
- Community immunization program delivery (primary care and pharmacy)
- Clinical or medical microbiology
- Vaccine safety
- Surveillance of vaccine effectiveness
Find out more about the new Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee.