Kaiser seeking teenagers for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial

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Teenagers are being offered the chance to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine months early, as researchers expand their clinical trial to kids as young as 12.

Allison Eisenman, 17, said over Halloween a lot of her friends were going to parties, not social distancing and not wearing masks.

“I know that’s like probably the worst possible thing you could do right now,” she told KCBS Radio. “It’s so selfish.”

The San Jose resident is going the opposite direction, volunteering to take part in a trial of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“So, I really wanted to do what I can to get us out of this and hopefully get back to what will be the new normal,” Eisenman said.

Pfizer is now expanding its clinical trial to include 16-and-17-year-olds, and soon, 12-to-15-year-olds.

“Teenagers and younger children are not thought to get as much disease, especially younger children, in terms of disease severity, but they do get disease and they do transmit it,” said Dr. Nicky Klein, the principal vaccine investigator in Northern California.

Kaiser Permanente is seeking 200 young people in the Santa Clara and Sacramento areas to take part in the vaccine trial.

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