15-year-old Jake Wesson who volunteered with his twin brother to partake in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial – the drugmaker just announced it’s also testing its vaccine on those 6 months – 12 years old.

March 31, 2021

“At first I was, like, a little nervous because of a fear of shots and needles.”

Last March, Moderna started testing its COVID-19 vaccine on adults.

  • The announcement of the younger age group comes earlier than expected – the results from the study for those 12 – 17 have not been released.
  • This study focusing on the youngest age group will give recipients two doses, 28 days apart. The doses will have varying amounts, some as high as an adult dose.
  • Why It Matters: Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (a partner in this study), said he expected the COVID-19 vaccine to be available to high schoolers this fall and elementary school-aged children next year; that timeline was pending trials by drugmakers. Some doctors believe America cannot reach herd immunity against COVID-19 without inoculating children; others disagree.

Here’s the announcement by Moderna.

Background: Moderna Gives 1st Vaccine Shots To Young Kids As Part Of COVID-19 Study

Children participating in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial talk to FOX 5 about their experience

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