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Here are the side effects that kids got from COVID-19 vaccine trials

Did kids have side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine?

Used syringes are disposed of at a vaccination site.
Used syringes are disposed of at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington on Thursday, May 13, 2021, where the Davis County Health Department offered Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 years of age and older. Did kids have side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine?
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Moderna said this week that its COVID-19 vaccine for teens is 100% effective, giving children ages 12 to 17 a near-perfect immunity to COVID-19.

  • “We are encouraged that mRNA-1273 was highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in adolescents,” Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said in a press release. “We remain committed to doing our part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

With this data, Moderna plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for full approval so that children can be allowed to take it. But is it totally safe for kids?

What are COVID-19 vaccine side effects for kids?

Now, we know a little bit more about the side effects connected to the vaccine. The Washington Post reports that teens suffered from “tolerable side effects” during the Moderna trial. Here are the side effects listed:

  • Sore arms
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

If these sound familiar, they should. These are similar side effects to what adults received when they started getting the coronavirus vaccine. The first dose of the vaccine was less likely to cause symptoms. But the second dose often knocked people out for hours and led to chills, fevers and fatigue, among other issues.

Did the COVID-19 vaccine cause any deaths or sickness?

Moderna’s trial looked at 3,732 adolescents. Four of the children got sick from COVID-19, according to The Washington Post.

Any other symptoms?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still investigating rare cases of heart inflammation among young people and teens who got the COVID-19 vaccine, though.

  • The CDC said there were “relatively few” cases reported so far, as I wrote for the Deseret News. The cases that exist might not even be connected to the vaccine at all, too.