Covid has been a world known pandemic and many countries have began vaccination. Currently in the Santa Clara County, people over the age of 16 are allowed to receive the vaccine. In the United States around 40% of the population has received the first dose and the number grows day by day. Now the question is, when will the vaccine be given to people under the age 16?
Recently, Stanford launched a vaccine trial for Children as young as 6 months. Zina Good has a full house these days. But as a cancer researcher at Stanford, she felt it was important to volunteer for the new pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial. She wanted to be in part to inspire other families, but also to speed the process.
Previously, children ages 5 to 12 years received the Pfizer vaccine in a phase 3 study. That’s to gather final data for a potential FDA authorization in that age group. But principal investigator Dr. Yvonne Maldonado says they’re also conducting earlier phase trials in younger children, ages 2 to 5 in one group, then eventually 6 months of age and up. As more and more children are being tested on some people question its safety.
It has been known that people with weaker immune systems or previous conditions should consult with their doctor before taking the vaccine. The goal of this test however is not to measure the mortality rate but rather to see if the vaccine is more effective on children and if they need a smaller or higher dosage. “The goal is really to find the right dose for little kids and make sure they tolerate the dose, don’t develop high fevers or any adverse events from these vaccines,” Maldonado said. “Once we get a good dose that seems to work well, we will then move into phases two and three.”
If anyone wishes to sign up their children for the clinical trials, The study will include 144 volunteers in phase one, and up to 4,500 in phases two and three, according to Pfizer. Stanford is one of five nationwide sites participating in the trial, and the only one on the West Coast. People interested in signing their children up for the trial can enroll here.