Pfizer India and Apollo Hospital have partnered to launch a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for adult vaccination in Hyderabad, India, as reported by The Economic Times.

The CoE aims to increase vaccination rates by creating an ecosystem at Apollo Hospital for protecting patients against vaccine-preventable diseases.

It will focus on educating patients and healthcare professionals about the benefits of vaccination, particularly for individuals with comorbidities, occupational hazards, advanced ages or disorders related to lifestyle.

The centre will prioritise vaccination efforts for high-risk individuals and offer immunisation against diseases such as hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumococcal disease and influenza.

The collaboration aims to emphasise the importance of adult vaccination and create a strong preventive protocol for infectious diseases in adults.

Apollo Hospital internal medicine specialist Dr J Sreekanth said: “Today we see (in) global population, especially in India, the demographics are vastly changing with the increasing elderly and aged population.

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“I am hopeful that with this partnership with Pfizer, we can drive the awareness of adult vaccination not only among healthcare professionals but also take it to the patients and primary healthcare centres as well.”

Pfizer medical affairs, vaccines and digital director Dr Santosh Taur said: “It is also important to raise awareness on prioritising preventive health, especially among adults, as it improves the quality of life, which often gets affected by infectious diseases.

“Patients rely on recommendations from their healthcare providers and physicians for all healthcare decisions, including vaccination.”

Apollo Hospital pulmonologist Dr C Vijay Kumar said: “The Centre of Excellence will focus on the need for adult vaccination and education of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Our aim is to improve the health of the patients and reduce the burden of infectious diseases and encourage eligible adults to take preventive healthcare actions and get vaccinated.”

Last year, Apollo Hospitals partnered with Imperial Hospital to operate a 375-bed, multi-speciality tertiary care hospital in Chittagong, Bangladesh.