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Community Immunity All About The Booster

Vaccination, which includes staying up-to-date on booster shots, is critical to reinforcing our immune systems and helping to reduce the impact of COVID-19 – and the Community Immunity: All About the Booster educational video is here to bolster vaccine literacy, confidence and uptake. This new addition to the Community Immunity Vaccine Literacy Rap Anthology, and 8th video in the series, features a fire performance by Ms. Joni Holifield, founder and president of HeartSmiles, spreading a positive message of hope and action in the continuing fight against COVID-19, especially within communities of color.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommends that people over 12 years old who are fully vaccinated receive a booster shot. Some people, including those over 50, are eligible for a second booster. COVID-19 vaccines help reduce severe illness, hospitalization and death, and they are a critical tool in slowing the spread and lessening the impact of COVID-19. Booster shots help maintain protection against COVID-19, including new variants.

All About The Booster was created in partnership with the Institute for Health Equity Research (IHER) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance (NIH-CEAL).

This new resource complements our suite of COVID-19 educational resources ranging from Community Immunity: Teen Takeover and Inmunidad Comunidad, to 20 Seconds or More, 20 Segundos o Más and Behind the Mask designed to inspire vaccination, hand washing, social distancing and mask-wearing.

Behind The Scenes

Get a glimpse at the passion, action and preparation behind the magic of the All About The Booster track, with multi platinum producer Artie Green, and bars by Ms. Joni Holifield.

The Heartsmiles artists TayyBandz, Young Elder and Soul, who just finished recording Community Immunity: Teen Takeover, also joined in on the action supporting their mentor, along with members of our Hip Hop Public Health team. 

The Educator Toolkit & Training

We understand that talking to young people and families about COVID-19 can be tricky, and we also know that educators are valued voices in the community. That’s why we are offering a free live, virtual training on the Community Immunity Educator Resource Kit on May 4 from 7-8:30pm EST. 

The Educator Resource Kit provides teachers with easy-to-use guidance, lesson plans, slide presentations, classroom activities and family materials to thoughtfully and inclusively teach about how vaccines work, why vaccination is important, and to explore the role that young people play in the fight against COVID-19. 

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