Avi Spengler, 12, is a brave child. Much is still unknown about COVID-19 and what’s next, but Evie told NBC 7 that she had no reservations about signing up to participate in a vaccine trial for teens.
“I was a little nervous, but after one or two appointments, all the nerves were gone,” Evie says.
Her mother, Jennifer Spengler, says Evie shouldn’t have participated in the trial either. Jennifer says that she is the one who wants to run away, but wants to run away, because she was looking for people in the age group of Evie.
“When I went to dinner that night, I literally said at the dinner table, ‘I can’t do that now,” Jennifer says. “‘They are only taking 12-15 children,’ and Evie immediately said, ‘Well then, I can do this.”
Evie is your typical 12-year-old child. She loves playing video games, walking with her dogs and being with family. She is a competitive football player, but she is proving the region a champion, knowing the opportunity that she is experiencing a vaccine before it is widely released for her age group.
“It’s very difficult to stay at home and do things like this,” says Avi. “But every minute of every day we are getting closer and smaller bits back to normal life.”
Evie’s journey will be a long one as she will be monitored for two years. She maintains a digital journal of symptoms and performs self-administered COVID-19 tests every two weeks. He took his first shot in December and three weeks later, the second.
Evie says that she is feeling symptom-free for the most part, apart from the soreness of the hand for the first shot and the fatigue and headache from the second shot. These symptoms occurred in the days following and after being shot. Spengler says he is unaware of whether he was given a placebo or vaccine.
For Mom, she says she is worried about the possible reaction they might get but says they rely on pediatricians and science. She also hopes that this will give parents the confidence to vaccinate their children.
“I believe I talk to pediatricians, including AV’s pediatrician. So I feel good, and I hope I can share it with other parents.
Evie says that she is doing this for the greater good and hopes that this will bring her age group closer to getting the vaccine.