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It’s been an incredibly challenging year for communities across the globe. Uncertainty, change, and loss of connection have created new challenges without time to adjust or adapt. The Health Museum has created two free resources in conjunction with its partners to address these challenges.

If you are looking for reliable resources on COVID-19 vaccines, you can visit Vaccines & US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health, a national vaccine education collaboration that was spearheaded by the Smithsonian. While many states and communities have made remarkable progress over the past few months, there is still so much more to be done. A look at this map, combined with the overall low vaccination rate among 18- to 39-year-olds tells the story.

It is only through a 70% or more vaccination rate that we can keep our youngest children safe, that we can protect those for whom the vaccine is not effective (such as those with compromised immune systems), and that we can protect ourselves from the spread of additional vaccine mutations (e.g., Delta) that can put our community at risk.