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Vaccine Resources

Understanding Vaccines and Why They Are Important

How Vaccines Work
When no one gets vaccinated disaeases can spread fast

  • Vaccine Basics - Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy. They protect us from serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine:

What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)? The FDA has shared this video to explain the process of approving vaccines for emergency use. After a vaccine is approved, the FDA continues to monitor it and record adverse effects


Verified Vaccine info:


With a novel virus pandemic, such as COVID-19, it's expected that information will evolve as the scientific community learns more about the virus. That said, it's incredibly important for people to be able to sort out the facts from the misinformation. Misinformation exists for all health-related topics and it's important to understand how to spot it. We’ve created this guide to help you navigate the massive world of online health information. While this guide won’t make you an expert, it will give you tips on how to weed through the junk. With that said, it’s still important to always talk with your health care provider before making any major health changes. Click here for more tips and guidance on weeding out the real from fake.

FBI Knoxville:

As distribution of COVID19 vaccines continues, watch for signs of potential scams. Scammers may ask you to pay out of pocket for the vaccine or offer early access to it for a fee. They may also ask you to pay to put your name and personal information on a vaccine waiting list. Follow this link for guidance from the FBI as it relates to COVID-19 vaccination scams:

World Health Organization (WHO):

Let’s flatten the infodemic curve: We are all being exposed to a huge amount of COVID-19 information on a daily basis, and not all of it is reliable. Here are 7 tips for telling the difference and stopping the spread of misinformation.

stopping the spread of misinformation

Fact V Fiction: COVID-19 Vaccine:

Vaccine Myths

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

COVID-19 vaccines will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

World Health Organization (WHO):

TN Department of Health:

Mayo Clinic

Johns Hopkins University

Public Health Communications Collaborative