Training Modules

Module 1: The immune system and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Learn more about the body's immune response and the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

By the end of this module, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe the basic immune response to infection with a viral pathogen

  • Describe the primary transmission pathways for the SARS-CoV-2 virus

  • Identify non-pharmaceutical and pharmacological interventions for COVID-19

  • Describe key risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease


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Module 2: Vaccines for COVID-19 and Other Diseases

Learn more about how vaccines work, their development and approval process, and COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

By the end of this module, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe how vaccines work

  • Define vaccine efficacy and effectiveness

  • Summarize the clinical trial phases for vaccines and describe both typical and accelerated timelines

  • Describe emergency use authorizations and the vaccine approval process

  • Summarize currently available COVID-19 vaccines and the prioritization approaches for rollout in the US


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Module 3: Building Trust in Vaccination through Communication

Learn more about vaccine hesitancy, misinformation, and communication strategies to build trust in COVID-19 vaccines.

By the end of this module, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe interpersonal communication approaches to talk to family and peers about COVID-19 vaccination

  • Describe the importance of empathy in communicating about vaccination and incorporate empathy-based approaches

  • Define misinformation and disinformation, and identify and reject misinformation

  • Recognize signs and sentiments that indicate someone is hesitant or reluctant to be vaccinated

  • Summarize key communication approaches to engage with vaccine hesitant individuals


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