Talking to your friends and family Let science — and your heart — be your guide.

For some people, COVID-19 can be mild. However, it can cause serious complications or death for others — including healthy people. Vaccines play an important role in helping to prevent or reduce the effects of COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Prevention is key to helping end the pandemic. Experts say that 75% to 85% of the population needs to get vaccinated to achieve community immunity.

The Facts about COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

Talking About COVID-19

Want to talk to your peers, family or friends about the vaccine but don’t know where to begin? Learn tips for how to get the conversation started and make it productive and respectful.

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Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Information on how the vaccines work, potential side effects, and common misconceptions about the vaccines.


COVID Myth-Busters

Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

You have lots of questions about the vaccines. We address the most common questions and myths surrounding the vaccines. Download our flyer and share the answers on social with your family and friends.

Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., a board-certified emergency room physician, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, is thought to be the first in Florida to be vaccinated.

Getting a COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

Vaccine Availability

Find out where you can schedule to receive a vaccination in our community, or sign up for waitlists for when vaccines are made available to new priority groups.

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Community Champions

Why I got the vaccine

Let science — and your heart — be your guide.

Hear from your neighbors and fellow Gainesville residents about why they chose to get a COVID-19 vaccine.


Become a Vaccine Champion

Want to share the good news about your COVID-19 vaccination? Posting your CDC vaccination card online might lead to misuse of your personal information, but you can still share your experience on social media. Consider using one of these graphics to share how you #ChompOutCOVID!

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Resources for Community Partners

Vaccine Communications Toolkit

Download out vaccine communication print files, both as PDFs and original Illustrator files. Also access our social media graphics.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Toolkit

Human Centered Recommendations for Increasing Vaccine Uptake

Kaiser Permanente and the California Department of Public Health present recommendations on how to talk to people in order to increase vaccine uptake and close the gap in reaching community immunity.

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