An 8-month-old baby boy from upstate Baldwinsville, New York, is the youngest person in the world to receive two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Vincenzo “Enzo” Mincolla received his second stroke on Wednesday in a clinical trial conducted by Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.com reported.
The hospital is one of four sites in the United States testing the Pfizer vaccine in children under 5 years old. The United States is currently the only country to perform such tests.
On Wednesday, the federal government approved Pfizer injections for 12-year-olds.
Enzo is one of 16 infants from the four sites participating in phase 1 of the trial which includes children aged 6 months to 2 years.
The baby received his first injection three weeks ago, before reaching 8 months of age. Dr Joseph Domashowske, a pediatric infectious disease doctor from the upstate leading the trial, told the outlet he was the youngest recipient. There are five other babies participating in the Upstate trial.
Enzo’s parents, Mike and Marissa Mincolla, are doctors.
“We both think it’s important to end this pandemic, and the fastest and safest way is to vaccinate our way out,” Mike Mincolla said. They had no qualms about giving the baby vaccines, he said. Enzo slept and ate well, was not irritable, and experienced no side effects after either injection.
He said he told patients hesitant to get the shot that he let his son get the shot.
Pfizer has temporarily halted the trial to determine if infants are receiving the correct dose, Domashowske said.
“The problem is, maybe the dose is too low for this age group,” he said. This is because all the babies tolerated the vaccine well without any side effects.