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COVID-19 Information

Clinical Trials for Kids

The COVID-19 vaccine will be instrumental in ending the coronavirus pandemic, but Moderna, one of the manufacturers with a vaccine currently in clinical trials, needs adolescent volunteers. Without enough 12- to 17-year-olds signing up for the vaccine trial, FDA approval for people under 18 could be significantly delayed. 

While the virus has more heavily impacted adults, to defeat the pandemic, children will also have to be immunized, which means trials are necessary to make sure vaccines are safe for them. At least 3,000 adolescent and teen participants are required to complete Moderna’s COVID-19 trial.

Kelsey-Seybold’s Chief of Pediatrics Jessica Lanerie, M.D., answers commonly asked questions about involving kids in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.


Why is it important for adolescents and teens to take part in Moderna and other vaccine trials?

Why is it important for adolescents and teens to take part in Moderna and other vaccine trials?

It’s been reported children generally have a milder reaction to COVID-19 infection, so why should they be vaccinated?

Why not just give adolescents and teens the same vaccine as adults?

Should I enroll my child or teen in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial?

If I want to enroll my child in the Moderna trial, what do I need to do?