VoICE Immunization Evidence: Population Inequity
The funding of new vaccines for the elderly through public assistance has had a positive effect on prescribing of the same vaccine for private purchase recipients.
A publicly funded 23vPPV (23 valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) program in Victoria, Australia, not only dramatically increased vaccination coverage among the elderly in the public purchase program but, in other Australian States and Territories that did not have a public program, the number of prescriptions issued for 23vPPV actually increased over the same period.
Andrews, R.M. 2005. Assessment of vaccine coverage following the introduction of a publicly funded pneumococcal vaccine program for the elderly in Victoria, Australia. Vaccine. 23(21):2756-61.