The Moderna Vaccine Is Made Available to Children under 12


Sahana Donepudi

On Monday Oct. 25, 2021, Moderna officially announced their vaccine for children aged 6-11. The company has conducted trials of more than 4,700 participants in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. The trial concluded that younger children showed a strong response to the vaccine after the second dose.

The vaccine’s side effects remained consistent with the previous groups of doses with participants displaying mild nausea, headaches, fatigue and mild pain in the arm. Moderna plans to submit their research to the FDA in the near future. The news comes after Pfizer announced on Friday that its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is nearly 91 percent effective. Dr. Fauci stated that if this process goes well kids could be eligible for vaccines within the first week of November.