GEM Community Educational Resources: COVID-19 and Vaccines

GEM Vaccine Chats for School and Community Groups

The GEM Community of Excellence is hosting conversations with school and community groups who are interested in learning more about COVID-19 vaccines.  Contact Dr. Sandra Small,, to schedule a 'Vaccine Chat' for your group. 

Conversations in Science: COVID Vaccines

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up across our region, many of us have questions about the COVID vaccines.  How do they work?  How did scientists develop them so quickly?  How can we explain the vaccines to family and friends, especially children? In this video, GEM Community members discuss vaccines and COVID-19 with the WNY community during this remote event, hosted by the Buffalo Muesum of Science.

Vaccine Information for Caregivers

Jennifer Surtees, PhD, GEM CO-Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, recently met with HCP (Health Care Providers) WNY, representing home health care providers in the region, to discuss vaccines and immunity.  You can view Dr. Surtees' presentation by clicking the link below.  

Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccines - How do they work?

Getting Vaccinated in Western New York: Informational Resources

How the COVID-19 Vaccine was created

The UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute, along with the International Institute of Buffalo and the Erie County Department of Health created infographics explaining how the COVID vaccines work and how they are created. 

GEM COVID-19 K-12 Chat Series

In May of 2020, UB GEM presented “The COVID-19 Chat Series”, with faculty, students and staff from The University at Buffalo ready to answer questions from the community about the COVID-19 pandemic. This series is intended for K-12 students, but contains helpful information for anyone wanting to know more!