The FDA advisory panel just recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids!
Here is what you need to know…
FDA Experts Recommend Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids!
On 14 June 2022, the FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids who are 6 to 17 years old.
With this unanimous endorsement, the US FDA is expected to authorise the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids later this week.
Moderna had requested FDA approval for their vaccine to be used in teenagers 12-17 last year, in June 2021.
However, that decision was delayed as international data indicated that the Moderna vaccine may carry a higher risk of myocarditis than Pfizer’s vaccine.
That changed when US surveillance data through May 2022 did not show that the Moderna vaccine had a significantly higher risk of myocarditis than the Pfizer vaccine, in men aged 18 to 25.
Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the 6-17 age group is the same as the vaccine approved for adults in December 2020.
Teenagers 12 to 17 in age will receive the same 100 microgram dose as adults.
Younger children 6 to 11 in age will receive half the dose – just 50 micrograms.
Two Doses For Now
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be provided as a two-dose vaccine, with a third dose potentially approved to protect against mild disease.
The Moderna clinical trials showed that :
- 12-17 year-old teenagers : 90% protection against infection from the Alpha variant and ancestral virus.
- 6-11 year-old children : 76% protection against infection from the Delta variant.
However, these clinical trials were conducted before the Omicron variant became dominant, so it is unknown how effective they would be against this far more contagious variant.
Even so, the two doses are expected to provide excellent protection against severe disease and death.
The most common side effects were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and nausea.
No cases of myocarditis were found during Moderna’s clinical trials of the 6-17 age group.
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