International Symposium on Vaccination

The International Symposium on Vaccination, originally scheduled to take place in May 2020, has been rescheduled for Thursday and Friday, 1 and 2 July 2021. While we are aware that there is still uncertainty about whether it will be possible to travel at that time, we are currently planning to move forward with the event as scheduled. However, we will be closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed of any changes. Please visit this page for updates. For those who already registered in 2020 and paid the fee, you do not need to register again.


One of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, vaccines have been proven to save millions of lives and protect millions more from getting sick each year. From the introduction of the first successful smallpox vaccine in the late 18th century to the more recent 21st century development of the HPV vaccine, immunisation has been the driving force behind the eradication of a number of once deadly diseases. And never in our lifetimes has the development of safe, effective vaccines taken center stage in the global arena as prominently as it has during the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

The current pandemic has amplified some of the challenges already associated with vaccination – from the hurdles that impede equitable global distribution of vaccine doses to unfounded vaccine skepticism and mistrust.

On Thursday and Friday, 1 – 2 July 2021, the International Symposium on Vaccination in Vatican City will gather leading experts in the field of immunisation to highlight the relevance of vaccines for global health, explore vaccination innovation and access, and, above all, analyse methods for boosting vaccine confidence at a time when fringe science deniers are amplified by social media. The objective of this special collaboration of the World Medical Association (WMA), the German Medical Association (GMA), the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), is to send a clear message to the world about the necessity and the life-saving potential of vaccines.

The International Symposium on Vaccination will take place in the exquisite Casina Pio IV, located at the heart of the Vatican Gardens inside the walls of the Vatican City.

Registration is required to participate in all events, including the social program, and will be considered complete only upon receipt of the corresponding form and registration fee.

To pass the border into the Vatican City, you will need a valid ID and conference badge. Further information regarding security and access points will be provided to all registered attendees at a later date.


A separate social program, which will also be open to accompanying persons, will include a tour and a dinner on the grounds of the Vatican on Thursday, 1 July, following the conference sessions. Participation in the social program will be subject to an additional fee. Tickets are very limited and participation will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details will be announced in due time.

  • When

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 - Friday, July 2, 2021
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Central Europe Time

  • Where

  • Casina Pio IV
    Vatican City
    Vatican City State (Holy See)

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