March 2, 2021

Orientation to National Deployment and Vaccination Planning for COVID-19 Vaccines

Guidance DocumentPrint

This online course is intended to support national and sub-national focal points in preparing for COVID-19 vaccination. It provides an overview of key aspects of the guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccines and highlights available and upcoming resources for COVID-19 vaccine introduction.

COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction Toolkit

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The COVID-19 vaccine introduction toolbox equips all countries to prepare for and implement COVID-19 vaccination by providing guidance, tools, and training. This toolbox is intended to support Ministries of Health, health workers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.

Gender, Health and COVID-19

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With a focus on countries in the Global South, this infographic series illustrates: how COVID-19 has affected access to essential health services for women; how responses have exacerbated gender inequities in access to essential health services; and what practices and approaches countries have used to mitigate negative impacts.

March 1, 2021

Vaccines Explained

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WHO’s ‘Vaccine Explained’ series features illustrated articles on vaccine development and distribution. Learn more about vaccines from the earliest of research stages to their rollout in countries.

February 23, 2021

The CDC Says Tight-Fit Masks or Double Masking Increases Protection


New research by the agency shows that transmission of the virus can be reduced by up to 96.5 percent if both an infected individual and an uninfected individual wear tightly fitted surgical masks or a cloth-and-surgical-mask combination.

YouTube as a Source of Information on the COVID-19 Pandemic


This paper seeks to assess the quality and validity of information available on YouTube, based on the current Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

Critical Observations on and Suggested Ways Forward for Healthcare Communication during COVID-19: pEACH Position Paper


This paper provides a summary of the key areas for development in communication in healthcare during COVID-19. It offers recommendations for improvement and a call to review policies and practice to build resilience and inclusive and equitable responsiveness in communication in healthcare.

Fake Covid Videos ‘Will Cost Lives’


The Royal College of Physicians is urging people not to share “copycat” and “dangerous” videos claiming steam inhalation can prevent Covid-19. The BBC has found that alternative coronavirus treatments are being sent on chat apps like WhatsApp, as well as being widely available on social media.

February 20, 2021

A Guide to Vaccinations for COVID-19

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The guide explains how vaccines work and answers your common questions as well as providing up-to-date information on the current approved COVID-19 vaccinations in the UK.

February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy


The shift presented in this strategy is to move from the directive, one-way communication, which characterized the early stages of the COVID-19 response, towards the community engagement and participatory approaches that have been proven to help control and eliminate outbreaks in the past.

Vaccine Myths vs Science

SBC MaterialsVideo

This three minute and forty-four second video, part of WHO’s Science in 5 video series, features WHO’s Dr Katherine O’Brien busts some vaccine myths related to infertility, DNA and composition of vaccines.

Guidance on Developing a National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines

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This book, and its accompanying orientation course is intended to support national and sub-national focal points in preparing for COVID-19 vaccination. It provides an overview of key aspects of the guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccines and highlights available and upcoming resources for COVID-19 vaccine introduction.

The Vaccination Demand Hub

Resource CentersWeb Resource

The Vaccination Demand Hub is a network of partner organizations innovating together to understand why people miss out, to improve acceptance and uptake of vaccines, and to ensure that everyone everywhere is protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccine Misinformation Field Guide

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This resource was created by the UNICEF Programme Division, Health Section, Immunization Unit C4D team, in collaboration with The Public Good Projects, First Draft and Yale Institute of Global Health.

Behind the Mask

SBC MaterialsVideo

This video follows a young couple discussing the use of masks. The young woman convinces her boyfriend to use a mask to protect himself and others from COVID-19.

Early AI-supported Response with Social Listening

DashboardWeb Resource

Listening to people’s questions and concerns is an important way for health authorities to learn about what matters to communities in response to COVID-19. This social listening platform aims to show real time information about how people are talking about COVID-19 online, so that health professionals can better manage as the infodemic and pandemic evolve.

COVID-19 and Homelessness: When Crises Intersect


In this study the authors present the findings of a large-scale serosurvey of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing in the greater Paris region. More than half of those sampled had SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies, reflecting a substantially higher burden of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection than that seen in the general population.

COVID-19 Mythbusters, Guyana

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‘COVID-19 Mythbusters’ are messages developed to counter popular rumous about COVID-19. These rumors were entered into a rumor tracking system.

February 3, 2021

Anti-Virus: The Covid-19 FAQ

Resource CentersWeb Resource

This website, which is updated regularly, is dedicated to debunking common COVID skeptic arguments, and highlighting the track record of some of the most influential and consistently-wrong skeptics.

COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

Resource CentersWeb Resource

This resource tool is compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition.

As the pandemic is ongoing more and more research results are published.

Aligning best practices and addressing misinformation for optimal infant feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

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This brief provides accurate information regarding breastfeeding and COVID-19 and addresses ways for protecting yourself from mis- or disinformation. This brief was published by the COVID-19 and Infant Feeding Working Group (CIF WG) and PATH.


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