The Comprehensive Vaccine Education Program—From Training to Practice is a combined educational offering to help combat vaccine misinformation and address vaccine hesitancy in two ways.

  • Enhancing vaccine knowledge and confidence in having discussions with patients and parents through a web-based educational curriculum (CoVER)
  • Enhancing access for medical providers to reliable, up-to-date and accurate vaccine information through The Vaccine Handbook App (TVH App)

The Collaboration for Vaccine Education and Research (CoVER) was established in order to enhance vaccine education that will increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge and competency for communicating with patients and patients’ families about vaccination. The CoVER curriculum will consist of four online modules (Vaccine Fundamentals, Vaccine Safety, Vaccine Preventable Diseases, and Vaccine Communication).

CoVER Modules

Module 1

Module 1 will introduce vaccine fundamentals. Topics include types of vaccines (e.g., live vs. inactive), vaccine components (e.g., antigens, adjuvants), and the current vaccine schedules.

Module 1, Vaccine Fundamentals, is now available.
Length: 30 min-1 hr
Click registration details below to complete the module.

Module 2

Module 2 gives a brief introduction to vaccine safety in the U.S. This module should increase your confidence in vaccine recommendations in order to accurately answer questions from patients and families.

Module 3

Module 3 focuses on the clinical manifestations of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) and will introduce you to the concepts of vaccine efficacy and vaccine effectiveness. This module uses clinical vignettes to enhance your understanding of select VPDs.

Module 4

Module 4 provides communication methods and tips for communicating about vaccines in ways that lead to more effective conversations with patients and parents. This module emphasizes methods for developing a skills and knowledge repertoire essential for dealing with preventing and addressing vaccine hesitancy.

CoVER Modules Registration

You may register for CoVER Module One: Vaccine Fundamentals by clicking here.

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The Vaccine Handbook App

In addition to the CoVER curriculum, the Vaccine Education from Training to Practice Program also includes the newest edition of The Vaccine Handbook App. This mobile App contains the full content of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (also known as “The Purple Book”).

The Vaccine Handbook App: The App may be found by searching the App Store for “The Vaccine Handbook App” or clicking on the following link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-vaccine-handbook-app/id1043246009.

Meet the Team

  • Kristina Bryant, MD Kristina Bryant, MD
    PIDS President, University of Louisville
  • Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH
    Children's Mercy Kansas City and University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Kadriye O. Lewis Ed.D Kadriye O. Lewis Ed.D
    Children's Mercy Kansas City and University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Gary S. Marshall, MD Gary S. Marshall, MD
    University of Louisville
  • Donald B. Middleton, MD Donald B. Middleton, MD
    STFM, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and UPMC St. Margaret
  • Barbara Pahud, MD, MPH Barbara Pahud, MD, MPH
    Children's Mercy Kansas City and University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Paul Spearman, MD Paul Spearman, MD
    PIDS Foundation Chair, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • S. Elizabeth Williams, MD, MPH S. Elizabeth Williams, MD, MPH
    Vanderbilt University


  • Shannon Clark Shannon Clark
    Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Christy Phillips Christy Phillips

PIDS through the PIDS Foundation is able to offer the Vaccine Education from Training to Practice Program free of charge through unrestricted educational grants from Sanofi-Pasteur US, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and Seqirus USA, Inc.