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Louisville siblings ponder joining COVID-19 vaccine trial | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Hundreds of people wanted to participate in the vaccine trial at the Novak Center for Children’s Health, but only a handful of children ages 5-11 were selected to do it. Two Louisville siblings who were siad wanted to be a part of science and help others along the way.

At 10 and 8 years old, Amelia and Drew Krause only have to worry about what game they’re going to play next. However, these two children help others.

“I just love the feeling of helping other people,” Drew said.

Amelia and Drew were part of the COVID-19 vaccine trial through Norton Children’s.

“It restores my confidence in children and in people because these are two children who understand the seriousness of COVID,” said Dr. Gary Marshall of Norton Children’s Infectious Diseases/University of Louisville School of Medicine. “They understand that vaccination is our way out and they were willing to volunteer for this study. And as it is, one of them got the vaccine and one of them got the placebo.”

And neither knew what they were getting until it got the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Amelia was given the placebo and has now received her first dose of the vaccine.

More than 1,400 families signed up to participate in the trial, but only about 90 were selected.

Drew and Amelia have different answers when you ask them why they wanted to do it. Amelia tested positive for COVID-19 right at the start of the pandemic.

“Every time I got up the stairs, I got out of breath,” she said. “I had to go to the emergency room twice and spend two days in the hospital.”

Her brother wanted to do it for other immunocompromised people. He was diagnosed with leukemia and just before the pandemic started, he had completed his last round of chemotherapy.

“With everything he’s been through, he’s very used to the poking and prodding with needles and testing and this and that,” said Andrea, Drew and Amelia’s mom. “He is not impressed by that.”

In the end, they knew that by going through it, they would help get it approved for everyone and hopefully get closer to the end of the pandemic.

“I hope COVID is over,” Drew said.

“Me too,” Amelia added.

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