BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. — An 8-month-old Baldwinsville, New York, boy has received both doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, making him the youngest person in the world to become fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Mike Mincolla said neither he nor his wife, Marissa Mincolla – both physicians – had any hesitation “whatsoever” about their little one, Vincenzo “Enzo” Mincolla, being immunized.
“I’ve been following the studies very closely in the adults. I’ve been following the science very closely when they started doing phase one trials,” Mike Mincolla told WSYR-TV.
Enzo Mincolla’s inoculation was conducted by Upstate Medical University as part of a clinical trial. He received his second shot Wednesday, the TV station reported.
Mike Mincolla is a family medicine doctor at CNY Family Care in East Syracuse, while Marissa Mincolla is a radiologist at Upstate, Syracuse.com reported.
According to the outlet, Upstate is just one of four sites nationwide and globally testing the Pfizer vaccine in children under the age of 5. To date, the federal government has only approved use of COVID-19 vaccines in children as young as 12.
Enzo Mincolla is one of only 16 infants at the four sites participating in the first phase of the clinical trial that includes children ranging in age from 6 months to 2 years, the outlet reported.
Dr. Joseph Domashowske, an Upstate pediatric infectious disease doctor and the trial’s principal investigator, confirmed to Syracuse.com that Enzo Mincolla is the youngest known fully vaccinated person in the world.
“I’m really excited for [Enzo] to start paving the way for other kids to get vaccinated. Yeah, it was an honor, an honor to participate,” Marissa Mincolla told WSYR-TV, noting that their son exhibited zero adverse reactions to either vaccine dose.
The Mincollas also have a 4-year-old daughter whom they have enrolled to participate in Phase 2 of the Upstate trial, Syracuse.com reported.
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