Testing children for the COVID-19 vaccine

For over six months, people have rolled up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 180 million Americans have received at least one dose, but one group has not been part of the effort: young children.

Nine-year-old Daemo Gregorie-Cradick is part of the new Pfizer vaccine trial being conducted by Children’s Hospital Colorado and some 80 other medical facilities. Over 2,000 kids ages 5-11 are part of the study.

Daemo said, “I was really lucky to have this chance, so I really did not want to turn it down.”

Based on his first shot, Daemo thinks he got the real thing, saying, “Kind of like in a way a shiver going down my arm, and that’s never happened before.”

Dr. Eric Simoes is leading Colorado’s portion of the trial in which two-thirds of participants receive the vaccine and one-third a placebo.

The doctor said, “We will get an idea of whether children who got the vaccine were protected and know their immune response.”

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