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COVID-19 Resources: COVID-19 Vaccine

Guide focusing on resources to gain additional information regarding COVID-19.

mRNA & Vaccines Explained


  • mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid.
  • mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
  • mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept.
  • The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions.

Sources & additional information: 

Infographic about mRNA and COVID vaccines.

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WHO Video: The Road to a COVID-19 vaccine

Feb 1, 2021

Johns Hopkins: How Do mRNA Vaccines Work? Here's What You Should Know

Jan 13, 2021

JAMA Video: Coronavirus mRNA Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

February 2021