Children’s Hospital official confident younger kids eligible for vaccine later this year

Children’s Hospital official confident younger kids eligible for vaccine later this year

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center officials expressed confidence Monday about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding for younger kids in the coming months.

Dr. Robert Frenck, director of the Gamble Vaccine Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s, says he thinks kids five and older could be able to get the vaccine by August or September.

“It’s possible that by August that we would have a vaccine available for five years and above,” Frenck says.

Frenck is the principal investigator for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trials at Cincinnati Children’s and oversees others underway at the medical center.

Children’s Hospital began inoculating children ages 5-to-11-years-old with the Pfizer vaccine last month.

Thousands of local parents have inquired about enrolling their children.

The Dropic family is among those who agreed to participate in the trial includes. Amanda Dropic’s two kids, Eli and Lila, joined six others to take part in the trial for kids between five and 11 years old.

The children were inoculated on March 31 with the Pfizer vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s.

“And we believe in science, and we believe in evidence-based medicine, and we believe this is the best choice for our family,” Amanda says.

The trials are going well and Frenck says the vaccine has shown similar effectiveness in kids and adults.

“It really is important to vaccinate kids for the ability to decrease transmission and the serious potential for disease in kids themselves,” Frenck says.

Children’s Hospital is also studying the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on kids between the ages of two and five. There are currently five kids enrolled in that study.

Parents who would like to enroll their children in the vaccine trials can do so here.

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