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Vaccines: Resource Roundup

This collection of curated information and resources about vaccines can help to answer common COVID-19-related questions, such as, “How can I change my behavior after being vaccinated and what precautions should I continue to take?” “What’s the context for and basis of COVID-19 vaccine reluctance?” and “Can LAMs require guests to be vaccinated?” Resources also include articles about public health communication efforts, and historical perspectives and comparisons.

For help understanding vaccine regulations and policies, contact local health authorities and legal resources.

Updated: April 12, 2021

Communicating about the vaccine

Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit,” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated February 19, 2021. A toolkit to help community-based organizations educate their audiences about COVID-19 vaccines. Items in the toolkit include print-ready flyers, FAQs, slide decks, and social media-friendly posts. 

Vaccine Misinformation Management Guide,” from UNICEF, published December, 2020: Unicef, First Draft, Yale Institute for Global Health, and PGP (The Public Good Projects) created a guide that aims to help organizations address the global “infodemic” of vaccine misinformation. The guide includes an overview on vaccine hesitancy and disinformation, and approaches to managing misinformation. 

Understanding the vaccine

Answers to All Your Questions about Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19,” from The New York Times, published January 27, 2021: Health and science reporters from The Times answer questions about getting the vaccine, what to expect, safety and side effects, fertility and pregnancy, children and schools, medical concerns, how the vaccines work and what happens after vaccination. Note: Accessing the interview requires creating a free account with The New York Times.   

Coronavirus vaccines 101: What you need to know,” from UCHealth Today, published December 23, 2020: A comprehensive article that addresses frequently asked COVID vaccine questions ranging from the general (“What is a vaccine?”), to COVID-19 specifics (“Do the vaccines for COVID-19 keep you from getting sick?”). 

Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines,” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated December 18, 2020: Information on understanding new vaccines (“mRNA COVID-19 vaccines”) that protect against infectious diseases. Includes a printable infographic. 

How Do the New COVID-19 Vaccines Work?” from MedPage Today, published December 9, 2020: An audio interview (with an abridged transcript) with Richard Kuhn, PhD, on mRNA vaccine technology. Note: Accessing the interview requires creating a free account with MedPage Today.   

How do vaccines work?” from the World Health Organization, published December 8, 2020: Part of the WHO’s “Vaccines Explained” series, a short article that covers vaccine topics such as pathogens and herd immunity and includes helpful illustrations. 

Vaccine acceptance and uptake

COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor,” from KFF, ongoing: An ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Surfacing norms to increase vaccine acceptance,” from PsyArXiv, published February 8, 2021: A research article (36 pages) on vaccine hesitancy. Results from an international survey show that accurate information about descriptive norms can substantially increase intentions to accept a vaccine for COVID-19.

Report on Vaccine Uptake,” from the Museum of Science, Boston, video published December 16, 2020: A 56-minute video that addresses how community, civic, and healthcare leaders can leverage the phased distribution of the vaccine to build greater trust in science, and how to empower the public to build confidence in the vaccine.

COVID-19: Can behavior insights address vaccine hesitancy and increase take-up?” from World Bank Blogs, published November 19, 2020: A short blog post that addresses herd immunity questions and how countries can address COVID vaccine hesitancy and increase take-up

Vaccination and behavioral risk assessment

I’ve had my COVID-19 vaccine—now what can I safely do? Your questions answered” from CNN, updated February 3, 2021: An article that emphasizes precautions that should still be followed in order to prevent the spread of the virus

What You Can Do Post-Vaccine, and When” from The New York Times, updated February 3, 2021: An article that details some of the activities that will be safer to conduct depending on who is vaccinated (grocery store visits can be safer for the vaccinated individual, socializing indoors can be safer when everyone gathering has been vaccinated, and activities such as indoor dining can be safer once herd amenity has been reached). 

Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic,” from The New York Times, published January 24, 2021: An article that emphasizes the importance of continued mask-wearing and social distancing, even if millions of people are vaccinated (millions more will still be infected until herd immunity has been reached, the earliest estimate being mid-summer 2021).

On requiring the vaccine for staff

An Employer Playbook for the COVID ‘Vaccine Wars,’” from Gibson Dunn, published December 14, 2020: A “playbook” for employers who wish to encourage voluntary vaccine compliance.

When Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccination,” from the Society for Human Resource Management, published December 8, 2020: Legal experts say that in order for employers to require employee vaccinations, policies must have certain exceptions, be job-related and consistent with business necessity. Note: This website allows for three free articles before requiring users to pay for access. 

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination in Employment,” from The National Law Review, published December 7, 2020: At present, no law, regulation, or other guidance directly addresses whether employers may require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination. However, the concept of mandatory vaccination programs in employment is not an entirely novel issue and this article gives some relevant examples.