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Understanding Vaccines

At the Montshire, we know that science and data are important to making decisions for your family. The following information can help you and your children understand the science, research, and process behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

Scientists and researchers have created several safe and effective vaccines, which are now being distributed. These vaccines, along with continued mask-wearing, hand-washing, and social distancing, will help you and your family return to normal daily activities. Vaccines help your body fight off the virus and keep you from getting sick.

The pandemic isn’t over yet. The more people who get vaccinated, the faster we can end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccination in Vermont and New Hampshire

Vaccinations are being distributed in both Vermont and New Hampshire. The following links will direct you to additional resources, including eligibility and registration information.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Vermont

COVID-19 Vaccination in New Hampshire

COVID-19 Vaccination Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Vaccination Information from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Vaccines & US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health

Vaccination affects you, your family, and your community. As a science institution, we believe in the science behind vaccines and understand that there is an ethical responsibility to get vaccinated, if eligible, to help end this pandemic.

Vaccines & US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health is a Smithsonian-led collaborative of cultural organizations in communities across the nation. It provides accurate and trusted information that will help people discuss the vaccines with family, friends, and their community.

Vaccines and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health

The Science Behind Vaccines

Learn about the science behind vaccines through these helpful resources.

General Vaccination Patient Education from the CDC
Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC
“How Do Vaccines Work” from the World Health Organization
Answering Common Questions About “Herd Immunity” and Vaccination
Dear Pandemic

Talking to Kids About the Pandemic

The pandemic has stirred a mix of complex emotions, in both children and adults. These resources offer some creative and healthy ways to discuss the current situation and the feelings surrounding it.

COVIBOOK: Supporting and reassuring children around the world

COVIBOOK is a free downloadable book intended to support and reassure children under the age of 7 about COVID-19. It invites families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. (Available in multiple languages.)

Georgie & the Giant Germ

This free downloadable children’s book was developed to support caregivers and children in having conversations about the pandemic. It gives children a way to express and manage their worries. (Available in multiple languages.)

Why We Stay Home - Suzie Learns about Coronavirus

In this free downloadable children’s book, Suzie is really excited to be able to stay home with her Mommy, Daddy, and older sister Millie. When Suzie expresses this to Millie, she explains to Suzie why they have been staying home with a quick lesson on Coronavirus. (Available in multiple languages.)

Brains On! — Children’s podcast pandemic-related episodes