Senders Pediatrics in South Euclid was one of five sites testing the effects of the Pfizer vaccine in 16- and 17-year-olds. Due to the success of the practice in those studies, it was then asked to study 12- to 15-year-olds. Now, the practice is about to begin research for the last group yet to be vaccinated.
Dr. Shelly Senders, founder of Senders Pediatrics, says the practice will be one of 80 beta sites nationwide testing groups of children under the age of 11.
“Chances are we can only enroll about 30, and we have about 500 people who have expressed interest,” said Senders.
He suspects that this eagerness stems from the parents’ desire for a return to normalcy, especially in the school environment.
“Everyone, I think, realizes that while children have a lower risk, both for the disease and for the side effects, vaccination is the key to getting them back to school in a normal way,” he said.
These studies start towards the end of the month and cover children from 6 months to 11 years of age.
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