The trial is testing the protection and effectiveness of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on 2,000 youngsters throughout the nation between the ages of 12 and 15.
Sophie Holland is one in every of about 100 youngsters enrolled within the examine by means of Duke.
The 12-year-old would not know if she bought the vaccine or a placebo used for the examine. However she mentioned she bought uncomfortable side effects after the second dose so she believes she bought the vaccine.
“Like 10 to 12 hours after I bought it, I had chills after which I had a fever the following day,” Holland mentioned. “Nevertheless it wasn’t too dangerous. It solely lasted a pair days after which it was throughout.”
Holland’s father, Thomas, is an infectious illness physician at Duke.
“I believe the mRNA vaccines have been confirmed to be very, very secure throughout thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of doses in adults,” Dr. Holland mentioned. “So I felt actually good concerning the probably security profile in her age vary as properly.”
“I really feel blissful to be contributing to all of the science and stuff and once I first heard about it, I understood that it might be dangerous as a result of we did not know a lot about the way it impacts children, however I spotted that what we have to do to find out about that, is take part within the trial,” Sophie Holland mentioned.
Holland will get blood drawn and nostril swabs each few weeks as a part of the trial.
“That is all stuff that I am pleased with her for and I have been along with her to every of the visits and watched her have these issues finished and that’s a part of her contribution to science,” Dr. Holland mentioned.
They’re not enrolling youngsters within the examine.
Duke is hoping to take part within the subsequent part of the examine for kids below 11 years previous. It may start as early as this spring.
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