Pfizer pediatric vaccine trial to begin this summer in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WAVE / WYMT) – The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is well underway, but many people may wonder if there is any new information about the vaccine for children.

Moderna announced Tuesday that children 6 months to 11 years old have received the first doses in her latest trial.

A pediatric study of Pfizer will begin this summer in Kentucky. Kentucky Pediatric & Adult Research in Bardstown will host it, as they already have a Pfizer vaccine trial with adults and older children.

COO Marty Osbourn said they are very proud of the staff’s long hours and detailed work to get the studies to take place.

“In the first trial,” said Osbourn, “we included 12-15 year olds and of course the 16 and 17 year olds were included with the original emergency use permission.”

Dr. Casey Lewis of Pediatrics of Bullitt County has three sons; her eldest, who is 13, was part of the first trial against Bardstown Pfizer.

She said she heard about the possibility in a Facebook medical group.

“Literally, as soon as I saw the mail, I called and called to report my eldest son,” she said with a smile.

Lewis added that she is confident in the efficacy and safety of the coronavirus vaccine.

“If the vaccine is the end game, I want to do everything I can to get it to as many people as possible,” she said.

However, Lewis’s son wasn’t as enthusiastic about the process as she was.

“You know, no,” she laughed. ‘If you ever try to give a teen a chance, they don’t love it, do they? But I made it his decision. “

Lewis said her son said yes to the vaccination trial to get back to sports, other activities, and his friends. He is now fully vaccinated.

“I can tell they’re excited, so that helps me get excited about it,” Louisville Life Coach of Power House Moms Sara Riley, a mother of two children under 12, told WAVE 3 News.

Riley said she was pleasantly surprised to learn that her son, 11, and daughter, 8, were interested in the vaccination conversation. She also believes that her children are paying attention to what’s going on in the world and that after being indoors for almost a year, they want to go back to their pre-COVID life.

“Recently, when I could get the vaccine and so was my daughter [asking] ‘When will I get it? Riley said, “I was like, that’s a really good question.”

By early 2022, the likely time frame is for most children under 12 to receive vaccines, but for several children in Kentucky, it will be much earlier, Osbourn said.

“We will begin enrolling in our pediatric age group in our Bardstown office in June,” he said.

Lewis said her young children are already on the waiting list, adding with a laugh that her 5-year-old has absolutely no hesitation.

“He wanted to get rid of the ‘Rona’ and he wants the vaccine,” she said.

For more information on the pediatric trial, contact Kentucky Pediatric & Adult Research at (502) 349-1569 or email kpar@kpar.us.

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