COVID-19 Vaccines: Resources for the Community

What Are COVID-19 Vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to boost one’s ability to prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and 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, as well as information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other credible global health organizations.

How to use this page: The information here is organized to help you access resources that address many of the questions on COVID-19 vaccines or the vaccine development process. We’ll add new resources on an ongoing basis, so keep checking this page for updates.

Clinical Development | Patient Protections in Vaccine Development | Vaccine Safety | Vaccines Made Available by the FDA | Booster Shots | Vaccine Education for AdolescentsCommunicating with Communities | Signing Up For The Vaccine | Equitable Distribution

Vaccine Development and Safety

These resources focus on safety, development, and effectiveness COVID-19 vaccines including communication strategies to encourage friends, family, and others to get vaccinated. 


#VaxxChat: Vaccine Safety and Development (Healthcare Ready – Video)
Dr. Melissa Clarke and Phyllis Arthur, BIO address the science behind the current FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

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

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

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


VaxxChat Clip: Incorporating Equity in Vaccine Development (Healthcare Ready – Video)
Dr. Melissa Clarke discusses the importance of representation in vaccine clinical trials.

Community Forum with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett: Everything You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines (Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute – Video)
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and a panel of health equity advocates 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 – Blog)
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccine Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a panel of public health experts and community leaders discuss the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and the impact vaccination can have on our communities. 


Vaccine Efficacy: What to Know (Healthcare Ready – Blog)
Information about combating misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines

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

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ (Ad Council – Webpage)
FAQ on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines for general audiences


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

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

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

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

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

FDA approves the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (FDA – Press Announcement)
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

Difference between FDA approved and EUA authorized (FDA – Webpage)
Understanding the regulatory terminology of potential preventions and treatments for COVID-19


Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot (FDA – Press Announcement)
FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer BioNTech covid-19 vaccine for certain populations

What is a COVID-19 booster shot? (Johns Hopkins Medicine – Article) 
What you need to know about third vaccine doses and COVID boosters

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot? (CDC – Webpage)
CDC announces that the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available only for certain populations initially vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

COVID-19 Booster Shots: What You Need To Know (Healthcare Ready – Page)
What you need to know about Emergency Use Authorizations and COVID boosters

Vaccines for Children and Adolescents

As COVID-19 vaccines are now available to children ages 12 through 15 in the U.S, here are resources for parents and adolescents on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, the possible side effects, and the benefits of getting vaccinated 

Infographic: COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents Checklist (Healthcare Ready – Graphic)
A quick checklist on how to vaccinate your child.

Infographic: COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents (Healthcare Ready – Graphic)
Three resources to help you and your family find vaccination sites for your child.

Infographic: COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents Side Effects (Healthcare Ready – Graphic) 
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect adolescents from getting COVID-19. Adolescents may have some side effects, which are normal signs that their body is building protection

FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Parents of Adolescents (Healthcare Ready – Blog)
FAQ on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines for parents of adolescents

Adolescents and the COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Healthcare Ready – Blog)
What parents need to know about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 years old

#VaxxChat: Vaccine Facts and Safety for Adolescents (Healthcare Ready – Video)
Panelists Lisa Schwartz, Pharm.D., RPh (National Community Pharmacists Association), Dr. Carol J. Neil (Professor of Nursing at Florida State College at Jacksonville), and Bayli Larson, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) discuss the safety and effectiveness of the current FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines, strategies to increase vaccinations amongst adolescents, and how to get more parents comfortable with the idea of vaccinating their children.

Vaccine Education for the Community

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


#VaxxChat: Healthcare Ready Nationwide Domestic Preparedness Poll (Healthcare Ready – Video)
Healthcare Ready’s most recent national poll examined attitudes about COVID-19 vaccines and perceived barriers to receiving the vaccine. Executive Director Dr. Nicolette Louissaint discusses vaccine hesitancy and barriers to getting the vaccine across different groups. 

#VaxxChat: How Do We Have a Better Vaccination Conversation? (Healthcare Ready – Video)
Panelists Dr. Nicolette Louissaint , Maryland State Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, and Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins discuss new strategies to increase vaccination rates in vulnerable communities, as well as issues of access and trust.

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

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

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

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

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

Educational Resources from Vaccinate Your Family (Vaccinate your Family – Webpage)
Science-based information to help you make an informed decision about vaccinations for you and your family. 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained (Federal Drug Administration – Article)
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 – PDF Document)
Fact sheet for patient populations on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Guidance for Community-Based Organizations on Setting Up a Community Vaccination Center (CVC) (Healthcare Ready – Website)
Toolkit to help community leaders, center administrators, and staff better understand the key steps in setting up a temporary, permanent, mobile, or stationary vaccine centers for COVID-19 vaccines.


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

Infographic: Public Health Resource (Healthcare Ready – Graphic)
Four ways to stay informed about services and healthcare resources available in your community  

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

Where to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Near Me? (Good Rx – Webpage)
Links to state-specific pages, state eligibility, and general vaccine information

Your First Available Vaccine is the Best Vaccine (Healthcare Ready – Blog) 
Information on COVID-19 vaccine availability and vaccination process



Prioritizing Vulnerable and At-Risk Individuals in the New Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Healthcare Ready – Blog)
Information on at-risk or vulnerable individuals in the current state of the pandemic

Creating an Equitable Vaccine System for People with Disabilities (Healthcare Ready – Blog)
Information on prioritizing people with disabilities and high-risk conditions for  COVID-19 vaccination

Access and allocation: how will there be fair and equitable allocation of limited supplies? (World Health Organization – Article)
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 – PDF Document)
Discusses information to help understand the risks and benefits of the Moderna Vaccine

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

COVID-19 Toolkit for Black Communities (The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative – Webpage)
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 – Webpage)
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 – Social Media Page)
Shareable CDC social media 

Vaccine Information and Tribal Support (The National Indian Health Board – Webpage)
Platform developed by The National Indian Health Board to keep Tribes engaged and informed about COVID-19 vaccines.

Resources for Frontline Healthcare Workers (APIAH, CDC, and Others – Webpage)
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 – Video)
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 resource includes 50 FAQs designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccines from Black health care workers. 

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Obstacles Among Minority Communities (Nurse Journal – Article)
Resource on vaccine obstacles among minority communities and how to fix this problem