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3-year-old Adams Center girl is part of COVID vaccine trial

Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 5:51 PM EST
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ADAMS CENTER, New York (WWNY) - In the fight to end the pandemic, scientists are working to get younger kids vaccinated.

Part of that process includes a trial stage and finding families to participate.

In Adams Center, one family and their daughter are doing just that.

Like any 3-year-old, Annie Rogers likes castles and cupcakes and stories.

But unlike other kids her age, Annie may be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“What kind of shot did you get, Annie?” her father asked.

“A COVID shot,” she replied.

Her family is participating in a Moderna trial for kids ages 6 months to 5 years.

“So, we were able to find a study and got accepted and we went for it,” dad Matt Rogers said.

Three out of four participants will get the vaccine. One will get a placebo.

“We’re betting the odds there that she’s going to be one of the lucky ones there,” Matt Rogers said,

They wanted Annie to participate for her own protection, and for science.

“Having this unique opportunity to help the entire country is something that we just couldn’t pass up,” Matt said,

“It’ll be cool that she will know that she was the reason why we’re not wearing masks anymore,” Holly said.

“It feels like a needle,” Annie said.

Annie likes science. She knows what her special shots can do.

“It makes you healthy!” she said.

The Rogers know child vaccines are a heavily debated topic, but they say they trust science and Annie’s doctors.

“I respect any family’s decision to do what they think is best for their kid,” Matt said,

“And hopefully they respect what we decided to do for our family,” Holly said,

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