Two vaccines available for children
“Food and Drug Administration advisers voted Wednesday [June 15, 2022] to recommend authorizing both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines for young children, clearing one of the final hurdles to getting the youngest Americans vaccinated.
Clinical trial data presented by both Moderna and Pfizer representatives at Wednesday’s meeting showed the vaccines were safe and effective in the youngest kids.
Moderna’s vaccine consists of two shots, given four weeks apart. The tot-size doses are 25 micrograms — a quarter of the dosage given to adults. The shots were around 40 to 50% effective at preventing milder omicron infections in young children…
“I believe the vaccine is effective,” – Dr. Amanda Cohn, chief medical officer at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were shown to be generally well tolerated in children, with similar side effects, which included pain at the injection site, irritability, drowsiness and fever.”