Vaccines and US

Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III: Vaccines and US

Lonnie Bunch (00:03):
Welcome. I'm Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is proud to have the vial from the first COVID vaccine ever given in the United States as part of our collections. We hope we can acquire the last one after all Americans have received the shot. Thankfully, I have been vaccinated, I'm not afraid of needles, but I am afraid of COVID-19.

Lonnie Bunch (00:32):
Back in the 1950s, my parents were rightly afraid of polio, so I received that vaccination as a child growing up in New Jersey. Fear is a powerful emotion, but knowledge is a powerful cure. In an age of disinformation, we're working with other trusted cultural organizations to provide that cure. We've asked one simple question, how can we best serve local communities in this time of crisis? The answer is to help all Americans learn how, why, and where it's so vital for all of us to get the vaccine. I invite you to explore the site and answer for yourself how important vaccinations are for you, your loved ones, and your community. Thank you very much. Stay well.

Everyone has a right to accurate and trusted information, especially around health. Vaccination affects you, your family, and your community.  

The Smithsonian has collaborated with cultural organizations in communities across the nation to create Vaccines & US. The resources here will help you make an informed decision about COVID‑19 vaccines and help you discuss the vaccines with your family, friends, and community.

By sharing the science, history, and cultural impact of infectious disease and vaccines, we hope to build understanding of our current moment, where we've been, and where we go from here.

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In collaboration with

Fred Hutch
Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Science Boston
New York Hall of Science
Pacific Science Center
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Louis Science Center
The Health Museum
The Peale See Baltimore in a New Light