Clinical trials are underway on children as young as 6-months-old, with several participants receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Stanford Medicine is running trials to determine what recommended Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus vaccine dosage should be prescribed for children aged between 6-months-old and 5-years-old.
The medical school confirmed it has already finished initial evaluation work and already reached the second phase of the study.
“Children under 18 make up about a quarter of the U.S. population so, if we want to get the virus under control and make sure we have as many people protected by vaccines as possible, we really need to include them,” Stanford University School of Medicine pediatrics, epidemiology and population health professor Yvonne Maldonado said in a statement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the CCP Virus vaccine to be administered to children aged between 12 and 15, on May 10.
“Even though the risk in children appears to be lower than in adults, this is still an important, potentially vaccine-preventable illness in kids,” Maldonado said. “Children can also spread the disease to other people, meaning that vaccinating them is vital both for their own safety and to help bring the pandemic under control.”
Eloise LaCour is one of the first young patients to receive both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Her parents immediately signed up after realizing the 3-year-old could be immunized in a controlled environment.
“[In preparation] we told her about the vaccine and wanted to make sure she was a part of making that decision and she did a great job … she was a trooper,” mother Angelica LaCour said, according to KRON4. “We know there are a lot of other parents who are not as lucky, and are waiting for this to be a reality for their kids.”
Father Chris LaCour participated in the trial because he thought administering a smaller dosage would help minimize the impact of any unintended side effects.
“It is just peace of mind–just knowing that we will have such excellent care … as she is going through this,” he said according to the broadcaster.
Maldonado claimed the trial would investigate precisely how much liquid should be administered to children.
“When you are doing a phase one study, you are doing dose-finding so you have to receive the actual dose,” she said, according to the broadcaster. “There is a low medium-high, and the high dose is the adult dose.”
The remarks came as a growing number of parents hesitate to vaccinate their children aged five and under due to the risk of allergies and potentially life-threatening side effects.
A healthy teenager in Utah was diagnosed with three blood clots shortly after receiving his first Pfizer injection.
Salt Lake City mom Cherie Romney knew something was wrong when Corner Canyon High School basketballer Everest Romney complained about suffering from fever, severe headaches, and a swollen neck just days after being vaccinated.
Initially, primary health professionals diagnosed the symptoms as a pulled neck muscle.
“He could not move his neck without the assistance of his hands,” Tomney said, according to Health Impact News.
It was only after the mom made several requests for her son to be reexamined that the pediatrician finally discovered several blood clots had formed in Romney’s brain more than a week later. Two blood clots were inside of the brain while the third was outside.
The worried mother quickly had her son admitted to the Primary Children’s Hospital intensive care unit (ICU)—about 4 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City.
She still cannot understand how her active and healthy 17-year-old could be hospitalized within days of having the experimental jab. She now wishes she had declined to give parental consent for the CCP Virus vaccine.
“There was nothing wrong with him. Nothing. He didn’t have a sore throat (or) any injury,” said Cherie Romney. “If I had known, I would have never [gotten the shot,] but so many people have and they have had no problems. I would tell everyone, and I’m trying to tell myself, we can only make the decisions with the information we have at the time. There has been a lot of vaccines given and there has been a lot of good, so it’s an individual decision,” she told KSLTV.
According to the New York Times, other parents have adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach to decide whether it is safe to immunize their little ones against the CCP Virus.