COVID vaccine trial for kids, DC doctor recruiting participants

Spring Valley Pediatrics is recruiting 12 to 17 year olds for a Novavax clinical trial.

WASHINGTON – A DC pediatrician is recruiting 100 children for a Novavax COVID vaccine clinical trial.

Spring Valley Pediatrics is partnering with Meridian Clinical Research for the trial.

“Children are not just small adults, so it is very important that we study the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and treatments, devices, all specifically in children,” said doctor and lead investigator of the study, said Dr. Joanna Sexter. “And we know we need to vaccinate children to get them safely and completely back to daycare centers and schools.”

Dr. Sexter said the trial will last for two years and each child will receive two doses 21 days apart. She said there will also be 11 visits during the process, some in person, some virtual. And throughout the process, she said that participants should fill out electronic diaries.

She said it’s a placebo-controlled study, so some participants will get the vaccine and others the placebo.

“If they were initially given the placebo, they will be given the opportunity to receive the vaccine at some point during the trial,” said Dr. Sexier.

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Meridian Clinical Research has partnered with Spring Valley Pediatrics in DC to initiate a pediatric # COVID19 vaccine trial.

They are now recruiting children ages 12-17.

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Dr. Sexter said they enroll 100 children between the ages of 12 and 17. In the future, she said there should be trials from six to eleven years old.

Novavax, based in Gaithersburg, does not yet have US approval. However, the company said in March that it hopes to file an application with the FDA in the second quarter of 2021 – which we are already working on.

“The more vaccines we have, the sooner we can end this,” said Dr. Sexter. ‘And we won’t get a vaccine if it isn’t tested. “

She said that as a parent and doctor, she encourages parents to enroll their children.

“Because this is a phase three trial, we know that the safety parts of the trial have been completed. And we want our kids to do what they love to do again, “she said.” So I think this is an excellent way for kids to get the vaccine and contribute to the future of ending the pandemic. “

You can sign up for the trial here.

Dr. Sexter said they will make appointments on May 6.

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