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Should parents finally celebrate that there may be a vaccine for young children?

<i>Hannah Beier/Bloomberg/Getty Images</i><br/>Children 6 months to 2 years old may not have to wait much longer to be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine after promising Moderna trial results.
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Children 6 months to 2 years old may not have to wait much longer to be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine after promising Moderna trial results.

By Katia Hetter, CNN

What should parents know about the Moderna vaccine results? How soon could vaccines be available for young kids? Where should parents go to get them? What are tips to keep children protected in the meantime?

To help answer these questions, I spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also author of “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health” and the mother of two kids under age 5.

CNN: What should parents and caregivers know about the Moderna trial results?

Dr. Leana Wen: The most important finding from Moderna’s results is that the effectiveness of the vaccine in young kids appears to be similar to the effectiveness in older age groups. The vaccine is 51% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in children ages 6 months to under 2 years and 37% effective at preventing symptoms in children ages 2 to 5.

These numbers might seem low, but remember that the vaccines we have are less effective against the Omicron variant than previous variants. Vaccine effectiveness can be enhanced with a booster dose, which is now recommended for everyone 12 and older — and people 50 and older are able to have two booster doses.

In addition, Moderna also found there was a robust antibody response in young children that is comparable to older individuals. The dose tested in this youngest age group is 25 micrograms. Two doses of this 25-microgram vaccine produced a similar immune response as two doses of the 100-microgram standard vaccine for young adults ages 18 to 25.

Putting all of this together, I think the Moderna trial results are promising. The FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a very thorough and careful vetting processes. If the FDA authorizes and the CDC then recommends the vaccine for younger kids, I will be very glad to have my little kids be vaccinated.

CNN: How soon do you think families can get their young kids the vaccine?

Wen: In the past, the FDA has reviewed applications within a few weeks of the manufacturers’ filing, and the CDC would meet about a week after the FDA. Based on this precedent, I’d estimate that the vaccine could be available for young kids by the end of May.

All of this, of course, depends on what the FDA and CDC decide. I really hope that they will proceed quickly — and carefully.

CNN: Where can parents go to get their young kids vaccinated?

Wen: I advise that parents contact their pediatrician’s offices first. They will have the most up-to-date information about vaccine availability. A lot of families are used to getting all of their kids’ shots from their pediatrician, so that’s the first place I recommend you check.

Local health departments might also have vaccination drives or mass vaccination sites. There are some pharmacies that will also vaccinate young kids, but make sure to check with your local pharmacy. Many of them have age cutoffs and are not set up to inoculate small kids.

CNN: What would you say to parents who are unsure they want to get their kids vaccinated because children tend to not get as sick as adults from Covid-19, and especially because Omicron causes less severe disease?

Wen: It’s true that Covid-19 tends to cause less severe illness in children than adults and that Omicron, compared with some prior variants, also is less severe. However, CDC numbers show that 572 children 4 years old and under were hospitalized during the Omicron surge in the United States. I think a lot of parents would do a lot to keep our children from getting seriously sick, and if a vaccine is safe and offers additional protection, we would want our kids to have it.

Vaccination also helps to reduce the risk of a rare but quite serious complication called multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). According to the CDC, 95% of children ages 5 to 11 years old with MIS-C are unvaccinated. It seems likely that vaccination also reduces MIS-C and other longer-term effects for kids younger than 5, too.

CNN: What about the Pfizer vaccine? Should parents wait for that one?

Wen: Previously, Pfizer-BioNTech announced that its vaccine for kids under 5 did not produce enough effectiveness with two doses and that it was testing a third dose. Those results should be out shortly. I hope the FDA and CDC review those data quickly, too, but if the Moderna two-dose vaccine were authorized first, I wouldn’t delay getting my kids vaccinated to wait for the Pfizer data.

CNN: What if a child was already infected with the Omicron variant? Should they still get vaccinated?

Wen: This will be a question that the FDA and CDC discusses. We know that prior infection does convey some level of immunity, although that immunity wanes over time and is enhanced with vaccination.

CNN: What can parents and caregivers do to keep their children under 5 protected in the meantime?

Wen: A lot of families want to continue to be cautious around their children who are too young still to be vaccinated. There are some things they can keep doing, including surrounding their kids with others who are vaccinated and boosted and therefore are less likely to be infected with Covid-19 themselves.

Children who can mask should do so in crowded indoor settings, as can their parents and caregivers. And being outdoors remains hugely protective, so trying to have playdates and sports outside rather than inside will also help to reduce the risk of infection.

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  1. Why wasn’t my comment post Sir Barney the Great? Nice job only allowing propaganda to be posted/reported. KTVZ/CNN one in the same. A big freaking joke that everyone knows is fake news.

      1. You are delusional Barn! Everyone knows that the jab will not protect you from COVID. Any parent who approves a Dr to jab their kids with that poison must hold themselves responsible cuz the Dr and Jab manufacturers are 100% immune from lawsuits.. The Data is out there for everyone to see. Keep pushing your agenda, You’re not fooling anyone. A majority of people out there now realize they were duped with misinformation by outfits like yours when it comes to covid death rates, jab efficacy, etc You made sure to enable extreme censorship of all opposing views etc.. Thats why the mainstream media cant be trusted.. Yep YOU ARE WITH OUT A DOUBT A MAJOR PART OF THE PROBLEM BARN.. BTW thanks for the column that said that if your stressed build a snowman LOL Why did it take KTVZ sooo long to put an article out that actually aims to help people from a mental health perspective during this scamdemic? Oh that’s right I remember now, FEAR IS YOUR M.O. From a reputability standpoint, you don’t have a leg to stand-on..

        1. I’ll leave it to others who’s really being delusional here. I am confident in what we have done and will continue to do. Thanks for continuing to visit us, that shows you support us, why else would you be here? To change minds? I really doubt any of the regular anonymous folks who say to fear the vaccine etc. are changing many minds. Their words stand for themselves, as do ours.

          1. Keep telling yourself all that Barn! I only comment when I have something to say.. In no way do I support the agenda of KTVZ.. How have you not picked up on that yet LOL???

            1. No laughing here. No one can please everyone, but many of the attacks on the ‘evil MSM’ are ludicrous. It’s not “what I tell myself” – it’s what others are kind enough to tell us. Our agenda is facts. Others have the spin and agendas.

                1. I think folks who see what’s allowed here know that’s not true. Heck, even some of the regulars that could be labeled “trolls” have defended my calls, saying I’m fair. Ya can’t please everyone.
                  TOS is not going away, nor is moderation. Comment system would go instead, as it has most places, to the false cries of “censorship.” Believe what you will.

              1. really??? are you sure???
                hunter biden’s laptop story – buried by MSM.
                russian dossier is proven fake – where’s MSM on that one?

                you guys bury what doesn’t fit the agenda. CNN’s agenda is not facts – it’s a narrative.

      2. “Real new lives here” WOW LOL Good one Barn No one is buying that though!!! MSM is not a trusted outlet for nonbiased, 100% factual info. If KTVZ was indeed neutral, you wouldnt be leaning right or left… Clearly everyone by now knows you’re a left leaning outfit.. The data is there to prove it..

          1. You hear what you want to hear and ignore or try to shut down opposing views. That is clear as day to everyone on this platform.. Keep living in denial Barn.. Go ahead and get 7 jabs while your at it.. We wont stop you..

            1. Well it’s up to 4 booster 💉 s now and msm is banging the 🥁 of fear with each member of Brandon’s cabinet getting this humdinger of a virus. The latest member to get it had her story presented on cnn and the ominous tone the correspondents had saying will biden be next. This drama will run through to start of summer. Then when he does get it despite being quadruple vaxxed would give his handlers the perfect opportunity to 25th amendment him then we’re deep in the quagmire then and what’s to say pelosi doesn’t do it to harris also so she gets two birds with one 🪨 and assume all the power.

              1. Why do you use emoticons? Can’t you just write out the words? Deleting other comment because of an offensive one. I have to decipher them, they are small. If in doubt, comment gets deleted. And I don’t “come across like the left never at fault for anything.” I’ve proven you wrong on that many, many times. Both extremes are the problem with getting anything solved – the hate, the blame, the other side evil, my side perfect. That’s the toxin infecting America.

              2. PS – no requirement for fourth booster in US, or even 2nd booster. False ulterior motives and conspiracy theories don’t get any less false with repetition. No proof, just a lot of fanciful theories.

      3. “Thankfully we have many supporters”… and you have many detractors also. You are confusing “traffic” with evidence of support- there is no correlation as many show up here to “challenge” many of the stories allowed to flow through here… and thats what a comments section is for- so stop taking everything so personal.

        1. Then stop the personal attacks. Or I will continue to defend myself and my profession from your unwarranted, untrue attacks. Or deleting them when they go too far. For the amount of my time that you waste, it’s my right to do so. Go somewhere else to kick people for no good reason without getting kicked (verbally) in return.
          Bullies need to be stood up to. Traffic is what brings us advertisers, so yes you ARE supporting us. Thanks! If you hate us so much, you’d really leave. But clearly my “wish” is not being granted.
          The challenges usually ring hollow when asked for specifics.

          1. Yes B- it’s all about you- your fragile ego- and the constant need to defend the Z for providing a platform for TDS- fake news- and propaganda. Who said anything about “hate”- the levels you go to argue with “regulars” here is pure comedy.

            1. My “constant need” is only because of your constant need to troll here. I’ll shut up if you do. Yeah, right. You can’t.
              Your hate is evident in how you attack me and anyone who disagrees with you. Your words speak for themselves.
              Prove any news on our site right now is “fake.” Nah, you can’t, and won’t. Saying untruths 1,000s of times a week don’t make them any less false.

              1. I would say the most glaring phony-fake-surreal aspect of the Z yesterday-today-and tomorrow… is the complete blackout of the Hunter Biden laptop of porn and corruption story that has the news world mesmerized… promoting false interest in coyotes attacking girls- comic book artists passing- and all things Trevor Reed … is about as “fake” as a thirty dollar bill !

                1. Your exaggerations always undermine your allegations.
                  “Complete blackout?”
                  https://ktvz.com/news/2022/04/26/garland-pledges-there-will-not-be-interference-in-dojs-probe-of-hunter-biden/
                  I could list others, found in a 5-second Google, but just one disproves such a ridiculous absolute. I’m sure you’d have written them differently. But it’s like claiming Portland or Oregon are “destroyed.” We have serious enough problems without thinking exaggeration supports rather than undermines your claims.

  2. I’ll try again. We are not in a emergency. FDA has no power to implement emergency use order for this. This is not fda approved and if you or the child are harmed by the “vaxx” then you have no ability to hold them accountable. Comirnaty is the only fda approved “vaxx” and you can’t get it int he US, so if you are told the vaxx you are getting or have received is FDA approved, it’s a lie. Getting a non fda approved med is essentially giving consent to take a experimental med and you are waving your rights to hold them accountable.

    1. Just because you say something over and over doesn’t make it true or accurate. There have been no successful legal challenges to the FDA over the EUAs I am aware of. You are entitled to your opinions. EUA is an approval process to most folks’ way of thinking.

      1. I believe oregone is correct in this: “FDA Approved” has legal connotations and allows the manufacturer to be sued if the product causes damage. This “Emergency Use Authorization” lets the manufacturer have total immunity from damage claims. The FDA does give the “Emergency Use Authorization” but this is something different from “FDA Approved”. So if your child is harmed by the vaccine you will have the health costs all to yourself with no help from Moderna.

        1. No vaccine manufacturer can be sued. “In 1986 Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), creating a no-fault compensation program to stabilize a vaccine market adversely affected by an increase in vaccine-related lawsuits and to facilitate compensation to claimants who found pursuing legitimate vaccine-inflicted injuries too difficult and cost prohibitive.”
          http://sonorannews.com/2017/07/03/vaccine-manufacturers-exempt-liability/

              1. You are tasked with enforcement- not making. Maybe that’s why you struggle with the basics of the TOS- you’ve yet to truly learn your role.

      1. Hit the 🎯 there beav I’m hoping doesn’t come to a point where they drive an innoculation van to local daycare centers and they herd kids out.

  3. Why celebrate? More kids have died of suicide than covid. And kids are not affected by covid like overweight adults with underlying conditions. Vaxs do not prevent someone from getting sick.

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