COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Extension

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Overcoming hesitancy to receive the new COVID-19 vaccines is a growing issue across the U.S. despite more than 500,000 deaths resulting from the virus to date. According to a recent report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, rural residents are among the most vaccine-hesitant groups, with seven in 10 rural residents expressing at least some reluctance to receive the vaccine.

[UPDATE: New COVID-19 Vaccine Handouts Available (English | Spanish)]

As trusted members of the communities we serve, Extension faculty and staff are in a unique position to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy using ready-made materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC has developed several toolkits for use in promoting and building confidence in the new COVID-19 vaccines.

You will likely find the toolkit for community-based organizations to be most relevant to our Extension work.

While the CDC should be considered the main source for COVID-19 vaccine information, states have been given considerable flexibility with regard to the distribution of the vaccines. Other valuable vaccine resources to reference for both your outreach efforts and personal well-being include:

The most effective education and communication campaigns are often those done through multi-sector partnerships – engage partners in your local efforts and work together when possible. National Extension leadership is currently engaged in ongoing discussions with CDC staff aimed at expanding the role of the Cooperative Extension System in immunization education and vaccine uptake.

We’ll share additional updates as more details are available. In the meantime, thanks for all that you continue to do across the state – stay safe!