Moderna expands vaccine trials for kids

Moderna has expanded its vaccine trials to include children ages six months to eleven years of age, but some parents in Butte County have their concerns.

Posted: Mar 16, 2021 7:15 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 9:55 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Moderna announced Tuesday that it is beginning its COVID-19 vaccine trials in babies as young as six months to children as old as eleven. 

The big question is whether vaccinating children means reaching herd immunity.

About 25% of the U.S. population is under the age of 21, meaning that young people will need to be vaccinated in order to reach 80% of the population to hit herd immunity. 

Parents in Chico said they have concerns with vaccinating young children.

“I don’t like to see children being used as guinea pigs," Lyn Lang, a mother of eight said. "I had vaccinations as a child and still got sick with all the things I got vaccinated for."

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Michelle Friedrichs has two young children of her own and agrees.

“They sent kids back to daycare before they sent anyone back to work," Friedrichs said. "I don’t think they are really the problem necessarily.”

The CDC states that while fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can still be infected and spreaders of the virus.

Kathryn Fossoum is a homeschool teacher in Chico who is optimistic about kids getting vaccinated.

“The value we get from the vaccinations goes beyond anything," Fossoum said. "I think if we can find out how it does work with these young people, we are going to be a lot more safe in schools."

And other parents are comparing it to the required vaccines kids need before starting school.

“It may be like the measles vaccination in the future," Leif Perez, who has children and grandchildren of his own said. "This may be something we will need to do.”

The trial on children will use smaller doses than what is being used in adults, but will still require the two injections at least 28 days apart.

About 6,700 children in the U.S. and Canada are receiving the two-shot vaccine or placebo.

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