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Journalist Resource Hub on Vaccines and Immunization

Why Report on Immunization

Misinformation and disinformation can have catastrophic consequences to public health. Journalists can counter these threats with accurate reporting on disease outbreaks and immunization. Immunization Advocates supports journalists in these efforts by providing direct access to expert sources and reliable resources to ensure comprehensive, factual and clear reporting.

Explore in this section resources from Sabin on vaccine research and development, safety, and issues around vaccine acceptance and demand.

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Immunization Saves Lives

Follow the link below to download our infographic to explore vaccines’ striking public health and economic impacts:

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VACCINE IQ

This informational series of videos and infographics from Sabin dives into how vaccines work, why they are important for community immunity to diseases, how they are developed, how they are tested, and how they are regulated.

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WHY VACCINE RUMOURS STICK - AND GETTING THEM UNSTUCK

In this commentary for The Lancet, Sabin President of Global Immunization Bruce Gellin explores how understanding deeper issues behind vaccine rumors is key to building trust. “Without understanding and addressing trust, efforts to improve vaccine confidence will be a steep climb.”

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FIND AN EXPERT SOURCE

Connect directly to credible, media-savvy health professionals who are available to serve as expert sources for your reporting. Build on your base of trusted sources.


COVID-19 Reporting Toolkits and Resources

Explore the toolkits, learning opportunities and resources below to navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID-19 vaccine development and the pandemic’s impact on immunization programs.

Covering the Coronavirus Infodemic

This webinar series and training content, developed by First Draft, is designed to help journalists understand and manage the coronavirus infodemic.

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TIPS AND TOOLS FOR REPORTING ON COVID-19

A collection of resources and tools compiled by Knight Science Journalism at MIT to help reporters find clear, accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CORONAVIRUS VACCINE TRACKER

This resource from The New York Times outlines the process to make, test, and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19, and includes information on the different vaccine candidates currently being developed.

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WORLD FEDERATION OF SCIENCE JOURNALISTS COVID-19 BRIEFING GUIDELINES

A comprehensive guide providing reporters with basic information about COVID-19, science-based information from reliable sources, and news articles and analysis about trending issues related to the pandemic.

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HOW TO SPOT COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES

This report from the World Federation of Science Journalists offers ways to identify conspiracy theories related to COVID-19.

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A Practitioner's Guide to the Principles of COVID-19 Vaccine Communications

Created by the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in partnership with Purpose and the United Nations Verified initiative, this guide outlines eight principles for sharing vaccine information that can guide efforts to increase acceptance and demand for vaccines, including a future COVID-19 vaccine.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Predictor

This tool, created by the Center for Global Development and Ariadne Labs, allows users to estimate vaccine success in a variety of scenarios, including estimates of when a vaccine could be approved and manufactured at scale.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Explanatory Journalism

Explore the articles, opinion pieces and press releases below below to deepen understanding of COVID-19 vaccine development, disruptions of the pandemic on immunization programs and discussions on future COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and demand.


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UNICEF AGORA PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTING COURSE

This course is designed to help journalists to report effectively on public health, including on vaccines and immunization.

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COUNTERING ONLINE MISINFORMATION RESOURCE PACK

A collection of tools, reports, toolkits, and journal articles that can be utilized to counter misinformation around vaccines and immunization.

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