Pfizer check experimental vaccine on 12-year-olds
Pfizer’s experimental coronavirus vaccine is currently being tested in the youngest age group – children 12 years and older.
Moving into younger children was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and institutional review boards earlier this month. Pfizer, however, divided the children’s groups into older teenagers aged 16-17 and toddlers aged 12-15.
A team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital completed the vaccination of 100 children in the younger age group last week, said Dr. Robert Frenck, who leads the study for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in the hospital. Half of the volunteers in this third and final phase of the Pfizer vaccine are given a placebo or dummy shot.
“Now we’re taking a break to look for reactions to the vaccine. We’re currently on a scheduled break to make sure everything is as safe as possible, ”Frenck told CNN.
Side effects doctors look out for include lumps, redness, or pain at the injection site, and fever or pain.
Abhinav, 12, is one of the young volunteers. The seventh grader – whose parents asked that only his first name be used to protect his privacy – hopes that a widespread vaccination will help his grandparents resume visits from India and school classes return to normal.
“I think everyone at my school wants to go back to normal,” Abhinav told CNN. “I really think a vaccine could stop the infection from spreading. From now on I would probably ask other children to take it, maybe. “
Frenck said people might be nervous about giving children an experimental vaccine, but Pfizer has already been tested on tens of thousands of adults.
“The reason we can use this vaccine in children is because Pfizer has 30,000 adults enrolled and safety data on all of these people,” he said.
It is also important to vaccinate children against the coronavirus if there is any hope of combating the pandemic. They almost certainly contribute to the silent spread of the virus.
“I think the most important thing people need to remember is that while adolescents don’t get as sick as older adults, it doesn’t mean that some children don’t get sick and some children don’t die,” Frenck said.
“So far we have let 120 children in the US die of Covid.”