“And I also thought it’s important to represent people of different ages and ethnicities,” said Audrey, who is Asian like her brother. (Her mother, Rachel, a nurse researcher who voluntarily asked for a vaccine test, said her last names were for privacy reasons.)
Overall, juvenile tests may be less diverse, as the results of adult trials showed no difference in race outcome. And because adult trials were so successful, up to two-thirds of juveniles may be offered actual vaccines instead of placebo.
Pfizer, whose trial is fully enrolled, Expects results from its tests for children between the ages of 12 and 15 in the first quarter of this year, which will then submit to the Food and Drug Administration for review. Modern is still recruiting for her teen trials, with data estimated sometime this summer. Other companies hope to start juvenile testing soon. Shortly afterwards, the researchers will test for children under 5, with the most likely a minor dose.
Like any medical test, investigators also stray when discussing risks and benefits. Instead of lecturing young subjects, Drs. Campbell, whose clinic will have a modern test for young children, will engage them in conversation.
“Do you remember your tetanus shot? Tell me about it,” he might say. And then, “Here’s how it’s similar and how it’s different.” He wants to make sure the teenager decides. Actively involved in taking. “We always say, ‘Don’t do this for your parents.’ “
Dr. Sarah Hassan, Leading Recruitment for DM Clinical ResearchWho oversees Houston fights Kovid The campaign and most of the city’s vaccine trials said information sessions for teenagers and adults differ. She enjoys teenagers more.
“Usually adult people leave the form, ask some questions and they are done,” she said. “But children ask more questions than adults and they are really listening, which is great.”