- “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
- 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 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.