What there is to know
- Doctors teamed up with child psychologists and graphic designers to create the book.
- It is a tool to help parents guide their little ones through the process of explaining the pandemic and the vaccines.
- Download for free at the link below.
COVID-19 vaccines could be available for children ages 5 to 11 as early as next week if CDC gives final approval, and doctors at St. Jude Children’s Hospital are releasing coloring book that helps explain the vaccine in language children can understand.
Dr. Diego Hijano teamed up with child psychologists and graphic designers to create the book as a tool to help parents guide their little ones through the process of explaining the pandemic and the vaccines.
“It’s to educate them in a non-threatening way… that can be integrated with different age groups,” Hijano said. “It has become a great way to involve our families. “
The coloring book includes an activity section asking children to chart the path and help the antibody reach the virus.
He describes the immune system as a team of superheroes who protect us from germs.
Brad Bailey, seven, of Burbank, is one of the first children to use the new vaccine coloring book developed by doctors in St. Jude’s.
Brad’s mother says it has been difficult to explain the pandemic to Brad and his 3-year-old brother Jack.
Bree Bailey says the coloring book allows kids to approach the subject in a way that doesn’t sound so scary.
“I think it’s written with a lot of care and it speaks to children in their language,” she said.
“Having this coloring book to give them comfort and a way to interact and ask questions themselves. It’s so helpful.”
The digital coloring book will eventually be translated into 16 languages.