This is a guest blog post by Erica Husting, Media & Journalism Specialist
To answer questions you may have about COVID-19 vaccines and the latest developments both nationally and locally, we have put together a list of resources below from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information. This post was last updated on Friday February 12, 2021.
For general COVID-19 resources, please refer to the BPL’s earlier Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources blog post. The BPL also has separate posts on help for small businesses during this time, unemployment resources, and mutual aid organizations.
State and Local Websites and Resources
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts put together a COVID-19 vaccine distribution and schedule that prioritizes our most at-risk residents. And the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is overseeing the distribution. The City of Boston continues to work with our federal, state and health care partners to ensure widespread access to vaccination when available.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information about the state’s planning and preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine. The above website includes:
- The vaccination distribution timeline for Massachusetts
- COVID-19 vaccination locations for individuals in eligible groups and phases
- Latest COVID-19 vaccine updates in Massachusetts
- Sign up option for Massachusetts COVID-19 and vaccine alerts
The Boston Public Health Commission website provides accurate and up-to-date information on the effectiveness, safety and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for Boston residents. The website is updated as information becomes available and includes:
- Registration to vaccine information sessions offered by BPHC
- COVID-19 vaccine FAQs available in 10 languages
The City of Boston website provides up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccine for Boston residents. The website is updated as information becomes available and includes:
- Map of vaccine sites in Boston
- List of Boston vaccine sites
- Answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine availability, effectiveness and safety
- Assistance for eligible seniors who need help booking an appointment
Additional Local Resources
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides information and an FAQ about vaccines for cancer patients and survivors
- Boston Children’s Hospital provides information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and teens
- Boston Medical Center, opens a new window provides answers and helpful information to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Wellforce outlines common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine resources and provide answers from Wellforce's Infectious Disease experts. This resource is available in multiple languages including: Español, 中文, Português, Tiếng Việt, Kreyòl ayisyen.
Information on COVID-19 Vaccines
The CDC is a federal public health institute of the United States. This website is updated on an ongoing basis and offers current information about the COVID-19 vaccine including:
- Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination
- 8 Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program in the United States
- Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine
- What To Expect at Your COVID-19 vaccination visit
- Resources in Español, 简体中文, opens a new window
The FDA is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for ensuring vaccines are safe and effective. The above website offers:
- A list of authorized COVID-19 vaccines
- The latest FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
- Explanations of the vaccine development process
Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been directly involved in the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about:
- COVID-19 vaccine insights, including a vaccine tracker, FAQs, latest news and reports, and more
- An interactive explainer about vaccine research and development
- COVID-19 vaccine guidelines (en español)
Vaccine Safety, Testing and Approval Processes
Below are resources that provide explanations to how vaccines are tested to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- Centers of Disease Control (CDC): Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United States
- John Hopkins School of Public Health: "How does a vaccine go from an idea to a reality?"
- Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): "¿Cómo se desarrolla una vacuna?"
Mayo Clinic Q&A Podcast: "Don’t Hesitate, Dive Into Data for COVID-19 Vaccine” answers questions about:
- How randomized controlled trials worked
- COVID-19 vaccines for children and pregnant women
- Why the vaccine doesn't change your genetic makeup
State and Local COVID-19 Resources
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health - daily updates on COVID-19 cases and related news in MA & MA reopening regulations and guidance
- City of Boston COVID-19 Information - includes Boston case numbers, health & testing information, and City of Boston reopening information
- Boston Public Health Commission- includes Boston case numbers, multilingual FAQs on COVID-19, and guidance for frontline workers and the general public
- Sign up for COVID-19 text alerts from the City of Boston - available in 11 different languages
Please note, none of the above information is meant to replace advice from medical professionals. Please contact your health care provider for questions and concerns related to COVID-19.