• Dr. Herpy

Moderna Begins Covid-19 Vaccination Testing for Kids

As of Tuesday, March 16 Moderna has announced that they will begin testing of Covid vaccinations for kids. One study of kids 12 or younger is expected to enroll 6,750 healthy children in the United States and Canada. Moderna is also having another study with children 12 to 17 which will most likely include 3,000 kids.
According to Dr. David Wohl, the director of the vaccine clinic at the University of North Carolina, there is a high demand to find information about how kids react to Covid vaccines. Not only is there a high demand for information about the trials, but there is also a high demand of parents that want the vaccine for their kids. Since parents are driving a high demand for Covid vaccinations, The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for an expansion towards the vaccine studies. They believe that this is a good idea because it will speed the immunity against Covid.
Every child in the Moderna trial will receive two shots, 28 days apart. The study will also contain two parts. In the first part, children 12 to 2 years old will receive two doses of 50 or 100 micrograms each. Children under 2 years old will receive two shots of 25, 50, or 100 micrograms. Also to ensure safety of the children, the first children for each group will receive the lowest doses of the vaccination and they will be monitored for reactions before other participants are given higher doses.
After the study, researchers will perform an analysis in order to determine which dose is the best for each age group. Children in part two of the Study will then receive the doses selected by the analysis or the placebo, consisting of salt water. After the vaccination is applied, the children will be followed for a year, to look for side effects of the vaccination. Dr. Wohl said that the study seemed to be very good and efficient, but he questioned that kids will be followed for only a year, considering that adults are being followed for two years.
From the start of the panemic to today, almost 3.2 million children have tested positive for Covid. Although there have been more than half a million total Covid-19 deaths in the United States, about 250 children have died.
According to Roberth Frenck the director of the Vaccine Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital “For children 12 years of age and up, there will be a vaccine available before the next school year.” Also according to Frenck although many parents want the kids to be involved in these studies when they heard that there is a placebo many people backed out.
Frenck says that there is a good reason why there are less subjects in child studies than adult studies. This is because in children, researchers are undertaking what Frenck describes as an “Immunological bridging study” that compares the immune response in children to those in adults. If both match, then the study will be successful.
Although the trails for Moderna are full it looks as though the vaccine will come to children very quickly. So even if you missed out on being a part of the study hopefully if you want you can be vaccinated soon.

Works Cited: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/health/moderna-vaccine-children.html 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-15/drugmakers-push-vaccines-for-kids-amid-debate-over-need-for-shot