Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect children? Moderna’s chief medical officer says parents can be ‘reassured’

The last test of by Moderna The COVID-19 vaccine for children found that two doses of its vaccine have a vaccine efficacy of 51% for children under 2 years old and 37% in children 2 to 5 years old.

According to Moderna’s chief medical officer, Dr. Paul Burton, these results should comfort parents who are worried about having their young children vaccinated.

“People can be reassured and confident that these children will be safely protected from disease,” Burton told CBS News’ Nancy Chen.

As for side effects, Dr. Burton said some patients in the Moderna trial experienced pain at the injection site or low fever.

Trials were mostly conducted during COVID Omicron wave and Moderna say the vaccine appears to generate the same volume of antibodies in children as it does in 18- to 24-year-olds.

“I think you need to get vaccinated to get enough immunity to protect against these, especially as the virus continues to change,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus told “CBS mornings”.

Anne Rodriguez’s twins, Theo and Sam, participated in Moderna’s latest round of trials at the University of Wisconsin. She told CBS News it was important for her family because her husband and mother, while vaccinated, both had pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk for covidthe most serious effects.

“We wanted them vaccinated as soon as possible. We also really wanted to see our vaccine trials move forward so that this younger group of children could be protected as well,” Rodriguez said.

Theo received one of his injections in November. When he and his brother turned five, the Rodriguez family learned that Theo had received the vaccine from Moderna and Sam had received a placebo.

They unenrolled Sam from the study so he could receive the Pfizer vaccine. Rodriguez said the whole experience of getting her kids vaccinated was a huge relief.

“The last two years have been nothing like we ever imagined. Having vaccines for these younger kids feels like a slight end of the tunnel,” Rodriguez said.