The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use. These vaccines were developed to protect people from COVID-19 and currently require either one or two doses.
Several trials from multiple companies are continuing with promising results. It’s also helpful to know that the FDA has a review process for safety and effectiveness that it completes before it will authorize vaccines for emergency use by the general public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best resource for the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC has created helpful tools to support community-based organizations in educating the communities they serve. This includes things like key messages, slide decks, posters/flyers, stickers and social media assets.
Using the resources and information provided by the CDC, we have developed a few additional materials for community-based organizations to use in educating the people they serve. This includes:
The CDC has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Landing Page with several resources to educate, promote and build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, including:
The FDA, who is the regulatory agency for vaccines and provided emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, has a number of informational resources. The COVID-19 Vaccines Landing Page has links to a variety of educational resources including:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) developed a compilation of federal resources around COVID-19 vaccines, including resources from the CDC, CMS, and FDA. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page includes information for health care professionals, partners, and patients and includes a list of resources available in other languages.
NHCOA has a 50+ year history of working to improve the quality of life of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers. From its inception, NHCOA’s activities have reflected its philosophy of empowering Hispanic older adults to advocate for the resources and services that are their right.
UnitedHealthcare Community & State has partnered with the NHCOA to produce resources that can be leveraged by community partners for the people and communities that we collectively serve.
Since April 2020, the BCAC’s goal has been to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Black community. BCAC’s purpose is to provide compassionate, loving, trustworthy and scientifically informed information to the Black community to assist individuals in making personally appropriate decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
UnitedHealthcare Community & State has partnered with the BCAC to produce resources that can be leveraged by community partners for the people and communities that we collectively serve.
To extend their reach in providing Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccine, BCAC worked with Kaiser Family Foundation to co-develop Greater Than COVID campaign. The campaign includes 50 FAQ videos where Black doctors, nurses, and researchers work to dispel misinformation and provide credible, accessible facts on the COVID-19 vaccine. The video series is available on YouTube, who is providing significant support for the campaign, including significant promotion to the Greater Than COVID channel that houses the video series. This series will help provide Black communities with credible information and address common concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine to assist them in making an informed decision on whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Additionally, BCAC developed a Racial Equity Guidebook to aid government officials, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, retail pharmacies, health institutions in driving racial equity outcomes in vaccine administration process.
NACDD is an outcomes-oriented, mission-driven organization. NACDD leads the way in advancing issues that improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by actively listening to all stakeholders, identifying and exploring emerging trends, and proactively reaching out to collaborate with a variety of leaders and organizations to develop effective solutions.
UnitedHealthcare Community & State has partnered with the NACDD to produce resources that can be leveraged by community partners for the people and communities that we collectively serve. NACDD regularly shares materials and resources specifically geared at populations with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including:
In collaboration with HHS and a number of different organizations, NACDD helped to set-up and launch the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help people with disabilities find vaccination locations in their communities, assist callers with making vaccination appointments, and connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination. Individuals in need of assistance can call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time or email DIAL@n4a.org.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
National Institutes of Health
The CDC has created a Social Media Toolkit with sample Facebook, Instagram and Twitter resources to help educate about the COVID-19 vaccination, its safety, benefits and what to expect after vaccination.
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