The little eight-month-old New Yorker has already received both doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Vincenzo “Enzo” Mincolla received his second shot last Wednesday.
New york post clarifies that the baby was vaccinated as part of clinical trials of the drug. Four US hospitals are testing the Pfizer vaccine for children under 5 years of age. The United States is the only country to begin trials of a vaccine for the smallest age group with prior government approval.
There are 16 children in the first group. They passed the first phase of the test for children from 6 months to 2 years old. One of them is little Enzo, whose parents are doctors. Mike and Marissa Mincolla are unanimous in their decision to vaccinate their son:
“We both think it is important to end the pandemic, and the fastest and safest way is to get vaccinated.”
Both after the first and after the second vaccination, the baby did not experience any side effects – he ate and slept well, was not capricious. However, this outcome not only pleased, but also slightly alarmed the researchers: since all children tolerated vaccinations well, could the dose administered be too low. Vaccinations are currently on hold in order to monitor infants and re-check that the dose is correct.