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COVID-19 Educational Resources in Languages Other Than English

Description: This post includes COVID-19 and vaccine-related educational and outreach materials available in languages other than English. Most of these resources are also available in English, either on the same website or on a separate page, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) YouTube COVID-19 playlist.

  • The WHO COVID-19 website is available in ArabicFrenchMandarin, and Russian.
  • The CDC publishes the COVID-19 portion of its website in ChineseKorean, and Vietnamese. The CDC also has a directory of COVID-19 resources, sorted by language. Some of these resources are the same as those included on the MedlinePlus website described below. The CDC webpage also includes Moderna and Pfizer vaccine factsheets for recipients and caregivers available in a few languages not included on MedlinePlus, such as Cherokee (Moderna – CherokeePfizer – Cherokee) and Navajo (Moderna – NavajoPfizer – Navajo).
  • The CDC also put together a Communication Toolkit for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations, which links to the CDC language directory above and also includes documents focusing on topics other than COVID-19.
  • MedlinePlus has a directory of health resources (not limited to COVID-19) available in languages other than English. COVID-19-specific resources include:
    • COVID-19 educational resources in a variety of languages. Resources available vary by language, but examples include guidance for large families living in the same household, COVID-19 testing, food safety, symptoms, and treatment. Languages include Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Chuukese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kunama, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.
    • Information about COVID-19 vaccines, such as explanations of how mRNA vaccines and viral vector vaccines work, and factsheets for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines. Languages include Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Chuukese, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.
  • The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging provides telephone helplines in Cantonese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese to provide individuals with vaccine information and help them sign up for appointments.
  • The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants at the University of Minnesota compiled a Translated Materials Library with COVID-19 educational materials in English and more than 100 languages.
  • Some states, such as ColoradoMinnesotaOregon, and Washington, have also created or compiled information for speakers of languages other than English.

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