KMBC 9: KC parents react to news of potential COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 6
By Rebecca Gannon
It's the COVID-19 news parents of young children have been waiting to hear. Vaccine-maker Moderna said it will seek emergency use authorization to give the vaccine to children 6 months to 6 years old.
The United States has roughly 18 million children under 5 —they are the only age group not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
This week, Moderna announced it will ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for a vaccine aimed at kids 6 months to 6 years old. Moderna said its vaccine – at a quarter of the dose given to adults – is just as effective in children as adults.
"It will cause reductions in severe disease and death. That's the important thing to keep in mind," said Dr. Angela Myers of Children’s Mercy Hospital. "I feel very optimistic about this."
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