COVID-19 Vaccines: Resources for the Community

What Are COVID-19 Vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccines refer to a type of medical product that is designed to boost one’s ability to prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) or help a person’s immune system fight COVID-19 illness. Vaccines are a powerful tool in helping us stop the COVID-19 pandemic, helping populations build immunity against moderate or severe illness caused by COVID-19. 

This page will be updated regularly to share Healthcare Ready and partner resources on COVID-19 vaccines, approved under Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration. Information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other credible global health organizations will also be shared here.

How to use this page: The information here is organized to help you navigate resources pertaining to specific types of questions on COVID-19 vaccines or the vaccine development process. Additional resources will be added on an ongoing basis. Click on the sections below to access the resources:

Clinical Development | Manufacturing | Patient Protections in Vaccine Development | Signing up for the vaccine | Equitable Distribution | Vaccine Education for the community


What is an Emergency Use Authorization?

The US Food and Drug Administration provides a short video and other webpages to describe the path of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for vaccines.


Learning more about the development and approval of vaccines

CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT

Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
Information about mRNA vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines using the new technology

Understanding Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
Information about viral vector vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines using the same processes

Vaccine Development – 101 (Federal Drug Administration)
Overview of GENERAL vaccine development process

CVS COVID-19 Vaccine Page (CVS)
COVID-19 Vaccines 101 and Signing Up for Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ (CDC)
FAQ on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines for general audiences

COVID Vaccine Facts (Biotechnology Innovation Organization)
FAQ on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines for general audiences


Learning more about the Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 vaccines

MANUFACTURING

Four COVID Vaccines Compared (WebMD)
Vaccines Available + Safety for Vulnerable Populations

Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
Specific information about the Moderna vaccine development, use, and efficacy

Information about the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (CDC)
Specific information about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine development, use, and efficacy

Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
Specific information about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine development, use, and efficacy

Comparing COVID-19 Vaccines: Timelines, Types and Prices (BioSpace)
Information on the available vaccines as well as information on the efficacy of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 variants


Community forums and discussions on COVID-19 vaccine information for patients

These resources focus on specific topics important to patient populations, including information on health equity and medical mistrust.

PATIENT PROTECTIONS IN VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

Community Forum with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett: Everything You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines (Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute)
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was joined by a panel of champions for Health Equity during the Wednesday event to discuss the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, which communities are most at risk for COVID-19, and personal testimonies from those who received the vaccine.

Re-Cap: Community Forum with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Everything You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute)
“Vaccination is a community service”, shared Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccine Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) during the community forum we hosted about COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity, Center for Health Equity, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Center for Immunization Research, Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative, and Center for Public Health and Human Rights.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was joined by a panel of public health experts and community leaders during the January 27th event to discuss the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and the impact vaccination can have on our communities. Here are highlights from the event.

Speakers and panelists included: Dr. Chris Beyrer, Dr. Sherita Golden, Rev. Debra Hickman, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Dr. Chidinma Ibe, Dr. Risha Irvin, and Dr. Kathleen Page.

Debunking COVID-19 Myths (UAB Medicine)
Covid-19 Myths – debunking

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe? (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Vaccine safety information

COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked (Mayo Clinic)
Vaccine safety information

Myths and Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
Resource reviews a few common questions asked about vaccine / reasons for hesitancy

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained (Federal Drug Administration)
Explains the functions of an EUA, and the process of getting an EUA

Fact sheet for recipients and caregivers: EUA of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (FDA)
Fact sheet for patient populations on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

SIGNING UP FOR THE VACCINE

COVID Vaccine – COVID-19 Immunization Updates (CVS)
Information on COVID-19 Vaccines and Signing Up for Vaccinations

Walgreens COVID-19 Vaccine Page (Walgreens)
Information on COVID-19 Vaccines and Signing Up for Vaccinations

Where to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Near Me? (Good Rx)
Resource provides links to state-specific pages, state eligibilty, and general vaccine information

EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION

Access and allocation: how will there be fair and equitable allocation of limited supplies? (World Health Organization)
WHO Resource – Outlines the fair and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

Fact sheet for recipients and caregivers: EUA of Moderna COVID 19 Vaccine. (FDA)
Discusses information to help understand the risks and benefits of the Moderna Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Equity: Reaching Underserved Communities (National Minority Quality Forum)
Event featuring health professionals and policy experts to discuss strategies to reach underserved communities with COVID-19 vaccines

VACCINE EDUCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY

Educational Resources from Vaccinate Your Family (Vaccinate your Family)

We understand that people have a lot of questions about vaccines. Here you will find science-based information to help you make an informed decision about vaccinations for you and your family. Includes materials such as: Language Translation Assets, Paying for Vaccines Tools (Spanish/English), Ask Me Anything Series on COVID, FAQS and more. 

COVID-19 Toolkit for Black Communities (The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative)

This toolkit has messaging tips, FAQs and other resources to help your organization instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s help communities get back to the activities and people they love.

COVID-19 Toolkit for Hispanic Communities (The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative)

This toolkit is designed to help organizations educate Hispanic communities about COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s help people make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

CDC Social Media Links on Vaccines and Immigration/Health Insurance Status (CDC)

Shareable CDC social media 

Vaccine Information and Tribal Support (The National Indian Health Board)

The National Indian Health Board, in an effort to keep Tribes engaged and informed in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, offers this platform that contains communications, resources and advocacy materials.

Resources for Frontline Healthcare Workers (APIAH, CDC, and Others)

Collaboration between CDC, APIAHF, Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Organizations to prepare frontline healthcare workers and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats.

Greater Than COVID: A Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Between Us, About Us kicks off with an open and honest conversation between W. Kamau Bell and Black doctors, nurses and researchers that gets to the heart of Black people’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. This new campaign from KFF’s Greater Than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID launches with 50 FAQs designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccines from Black health care workers. More content will be added as new information becomes available. YouTube is providing significant support for the campaign, including high visibility promotion across its platform.

Resources to support the work of OB care providers and their patients during the global pandemic (Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine)

SMFM has developed resources to support the work of OB care providers and their patients during the global pandemic. SMFM members are also invited to join our new online community dedicated to COVID-19. Engage with other MFMs, share clinical cases and resources from your institution, and see what others are doing. 

Language That Works To Improve Vaccine Acceptance (de Beaumont Foundation)
Toolkit for communication tips and specific recommended language around language and messaging to support vaccine acceptance

Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Research project that tracks the public’s experiences, attitudes, and beliefs around COVID-19 vaccines.