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Moderna’s vaccine is a big relief for parents of young children

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Finally, some good news for parents of young children.

Moderna announced on Thursday that it has requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its coronavirus vaccine for 6-month to 5-year-olds. It cites new data that its vaccine is safe and effective for the age group.

Specifically, Moderna says two doses reduce symptomatic infection by 51 percent among children 6 months to 2 years old and 37 percent among kids 2 to 5 years old. These results should be a welcome relief for families of the nearly 20 million young children who remain ineligible for vaccination.

As the mother of two kids in this age group, I eagerly await the FDA’s decision. If it authorizes the vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention subsequently allows it to be given, I will be among the first in line to vaccinate my young kids.

That’s because the vaccine’s effectiveness in young children appears comparable to its effectiveness in adults. Moderna conducted its trial with kids when omicron was dominant, and we know that the coronavirus vaccines in adults are less effective against omicron than earlier variants. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study found that while omicron was dominant, effectiveness against........

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