Museums, libraries, science centers, and other cultural organizations are uniquely suited to educate local communities across the United States about COVID-19 vaccines. They have built deep ties within their communities over decades of sustained engagement and have rightly earned strong reputations as trusted sources of information. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these institutions have continued to play a vital role in their communities by providing food, childcare, and other essential services, as well as continuing to engage diverse audiences with educational opportunities virtually.
Museums and libraries are already sharing valuable information about COVID-19 vaccination with their communities by:
With deep knowledge of the specific needs of their communities, museums and libraries are critical grassroots partners in building vaccine confidence and defeating COVID-19. With national support, these individual efforts can be expanded and replicated to effectively engage people across the country, creating a robust network to halt the pandemic.
- helping to translate science in ways that are accessible to the public
- developing programs and exhibits explaining why vaccines are so important to fighting the spread of the COVID-19 virus and other diseases
- helping to address misinformation around the virus and the vaccines
- serving as vaccination sites
- offering their buildings to support community public health efforts
Communities for Immunity is providing funding opportunities for museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to develop and deploy resources, programs, and other efforts to effectively engage vaccine hesitant members of their communities―and to reach new populations, especially as vaccines are approved for use with younger children. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Communities for Immunity will amplify and expand the most effective community-based approaches to building vaccine confidence.