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 National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes its COVID-19 page in Spanish.
- The entire CDC website is available in Spanish.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 webpage is available in Spanish.
- The CDC compiled a playlist of its COVID-19 videos in Spanish. The playlist includes a variety of materials, such as information about COVID-19, recommended health behaviors and precautions, and vaccines.
- The resources in the Other Languages section below are also available in Spanish.
- MHPSalud publishes a webpage with Spanish health educational materials, including several resources on COVID-19.
- Several pharmacies, such as CVS, Publix, Walgreens, and Walmart, as well as GoodRx, provide vaccine registration or appointment information in Spanish.
- The WHO COVID-19 website is available in Arabic, French, Mandarin, and Russian.
- The CDC publishes the COVID-19 portion of its website in Chinese, Korean, 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 – Cherokee; Pfizer – Cherokee) and Navajo (Moderna – Navajo; Pfizer – 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 Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, have also created or compiled information for speakers of languages other than English.
American Sign Language
- The CDC maintains a playlist of COVID-19 educational videos in American Sign Language (ASL).
- This video, which features a Deaf man receiving his COVID-19 vaccine and includes a clip of him describing why he chose to get the vaccine, could help combat vaccine hesitancy.
- The Deaf in Scrubs and Partners in Deaf Health Facebook pages include videos with information about COVID-19 and vaccines.
- North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing put together a video with tips for effectively communicating with individuals who have hearing loss in a mass vaccination setting. This video is directed towards individuals communicating with people with hearing loss; it is not presented in ASL but includes captions.
- Wisconsin created a Be Prepared, Have a Plan: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities Manual, which includes a visual communications tool.
- Based on the Wisconsin resources above, Massachusetts developed a COVID-19 Visual Communication Tool to facilitate communication between medical professionals and individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing . The tool is available in several languages other than English, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese European, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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