Metrowest’s Jewish Family Service partners with recent Stanford grad to provide multilingual vaccine training for immigrant children

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) makes vaccine education accessible to Spanish-, Portuguese- and English-speaking children through book translations and free video read aloud.

Discussing the intricacies of the pandemic with children can be difficult. JFS tries to change that. With the recent authorization of COVID-19 pediatric vaccines and a new variant emerging, JFS is educating immigrant children on how to protect themselves and their communities, while helping to inform parents’ decisions about vaccinating their children.

The initiative was inspired by the release of a new children’s book by Emma Rashes, a JFS volunteer and recent Stanford University graduate. Lily the llama helps her flock. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about herd immunity, explaining the importance of vaccination.

Rashes spoke about his motivation for writing the book: “During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, I became increasingly aware of the abundance of anti-vaccine information and the lack of scientific resources. pro-vaccines aimed at families, and higher rates. vaccine hesitancy among communities of color in the United States. Rashes also cited a decline in routine childhood immunization rates since the start of the pandemic, which “puts communities across our country at risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases when children return to school.” school in person. Rashes hopes the book will play a role in addressing vaccine hesitancy and serve as an educational resource for families.

Thanks to translations by JFS CEO Lino Covarrubius and the JFS Immigrant Services team, the book is now available in English, Spanish and Portuguese in both languages. Copy and video read aloud sizes.

Covarrubias noted, “Our local immigrant community has been particularly impacted by COVID-19. Having ways to expedite vaccinations and dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccine was and continues to be a high priority for JFS. Lilly the llama was one of many initiatives we have put in place to accomplish this very important life-saving work. The book is a very useful and creative way for parents/guardians to talk to their children about the vaccine. It made a huge difference.

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About Metrowest’s JFS

Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to Accelerate social, academic and health equity. Harnessing the power of more than 300 volunteers and collaborative partnerships with more than 100 organizations, JFS serves more than 7,500 people, in the Metrowest and Greater Boston areas each year – regardless of religious affiliation or background. – and offers a wide range of programs that meet the needs of low-income immigrant children and families, vulnerable seniors, and at-risk members of the Jewish community. JFS’s sound financial management practices have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigatorthe largest independent charity evaluator in the United States. To learn more about JFS, visit Where click to see the 2021 report to the community.

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