Covid-19 Vaccines

Accurate Information, Equitable Access

Covid-19 Vaccines

the COVID-19 crisis

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Y has worked diligently to meet the most pressing needs of the 10,000 communities we serve across the United States, especially those that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. By providing child care to essential workers and first responders, feeding families facing food insecurity, connecting with seniors who are isolated, housing people who are homeless and supporting children learning virtually, the Y has worked to make sure everyone in our communities has access to the resources they need.

Now the Y is working to ensure that everyone has equitable access to accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines and to the vaccines themselves, especially Black and Brown communities, which have been disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of the virus.

Ys across the country are committed to providing vaccine education, and many have offered to serve as vaccine distribution sites. YMCA of the USA is supporting these efforts and joining several national health and community-serving organizations in distributing accurate information to our communities and calling for equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Below are links to expert, science-backed information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We encourage you to direct your family, friends and neighbors to these information sources. We will update this page as additional resources are published.

General COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

Additional Resources For Communities of Color

Resources for Kids and Parents/Caregivers

COVID-19 Vaccine Access Resources

Equitable Vaccine Access Panel on Washington Post Live

On Friday, April 9, YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington joined National League of Cities CEO Clarence E. Anthony for a Washington Post Live discussion focusing on the organizations’ vaccine equity and education initiative focused on the Black and Brown communities.


Y CEO and Young Leader Discuss COVID-19 Vaccines

New Jersey YMCA State Alliance CEO Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS recently spoke with high school student Zainab Onafowokan about how to talk to friends and family about COVID-19 vaccines as part of a series of conversations about vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.


Contact your local Y for more information on COVID-19 relief services.


Updated October 2021