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Moderna Says its COVID-19 Vaccine is 100% Effective in Adolescents

Moderna has reported its COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in a study of adolescents ages 12-17 and has plans to seek emergency authorization from the FDA in early June 2021.

If approved Moderna's vaccine would become the second vaccine to show efficacy in younger age groups joining Pfizer.

The phase 2/3 study that Moderna is citing included more than 3,700 adolescents. No cases of COVID were observed in participants who received two doses of the vaccine, while four cases were observed in the placebo group, according to the company.

To answer questions about vaccinating children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared a COVID-19 Vaccines for Preteens and Teens fact sheet with information on safety, possible side effects, and tips on what to do before, during and after your child’s vaccination. Additional resources are listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Parents of Adolescents Toolkit (also available in Spanish).

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