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FDA Approves The Moderna Vaccine For Children 12 to 17 Years Old

FDA Approves The Moderna Vaccine For Children 12 to 17 Years Old

As of this writing, the Philippines is still trying to reach herd immunity by vaccinating the eligible population, mainly consisting of individuals 18 and up. But now that we see a surge in cases, particularly in unvaccinated kids, many ask: When is it possible for the children to receive COVID jabs? The good news is, the FDS recently approved the emergency use of the Moderna vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old.

Moderna Vaccine for Children 12 to 17 Years Old: The Latest Update

Philippine FDA Director-General Rolando Enrique Domingo told the public that with the threat of the delta variant, they believe the Moderna vaccine’s benefits for children 12 to 17 years old outweigh the risk.

Reports say that at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine is 96% effective for adolescents 12 to 17 years. It also shows no serious safety concerns. The preliminary data further explained that 3,235 participants received either Moderna or a placebo. Among them, 12 contracted COVID-19, but the company provided no further details.

Before granting their approval for the Moderna vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old, the FDA has already allowed kids aged 12 to 15 to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

What About the Other Vaccines?

As of now, the Food and Drug Administration is still contemplating using Sinovac for kids. This is after Sinovac submitted a request to include kids in their Emergency Use Authorization.

Interestingly, unlike Pfizer and Moderna, which only allow kids aged 12 and up, Sinovac says their jab can be administered to children as young as three years old.

Besides Sinovac, there are no talks about allowing Sputnik, Janssen, and AstraZeneca for children.

Just As Adults Experience Side Effects, Children Can Develop Them, Too

While we consider kids as the “stronger” population, please remember that they can experience side effects, too.

Reports say the Moderna vaccine may result in

  • pain in the injection site
  • muscle aches and pain
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • chills

Please keep in mind that side effects are common, and in most cases, they resolve within just a few days. Experts say side effects also indicate that the body recognizes and responds to the vaccine. However, should your child not experience any, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean that the vaccine isn’t working. It’s just that each person is different, so their response to a particular jab also varies.

Why Vaccination in Kids Matter

FDA’s approval for the Moderna vaccine for children aged 12 to 17 is a huge step towards reaching herd immunity and normalcy.

When children receive their vaccines, that means they are better protected against COVID-19 and its notorious delta variant. Additionally, that indicates we are a step closer to allowing face-to-face classes without the fear of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Reminders About Kids and COVID-19 Vaccination

Parents, please remember that all approved vaccines are safe and effective against severe cases of COVID-19. If you worry about risks and side effects, talk to your child’s doctor first to discuss your concerns.

Finally, note that while we have the Moderna vaccine’s approval for children 12 to 17 years old, kids may not get their jabs yet due to the lack of supply. The priority population generally covers medical frontliners, people with comorbidities, and essential workers.

For this reason, continue to be strict with health protocols. Don’t allow kids out unless it’s absolutely necessary, regularly disinfect surfaces and objects at home, and take steps to strengthen their immune system. When you go out of the house, practice physical distancing and wear your face mask and face shield. Finally, perform frequent handwashing.

Key Takeaways

The Philippine FDA approved the Moderna vaccine for children aged 12 to 17 years. Before this, they also allowed kids 12 to 15 to have the Pfizer-BioNtech jab. However, the lack of vaccine supply may delay vaccination in kids as the government prioritizes adults in the healthcare industry, those with comorbidities, and those who work outside their homes.

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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Philippines approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12-17 year olds https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-approves-emergency-use-modernas-covid-19-vaccine-12-17-year-olds-2021-09-03/ Accessed September 7, 2021

Philippines allows Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippines-allows-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-12-15-year-olds Accessed September 7, 2021

Moderna reports COVID-19 vaccine for teens safe, effective, https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/05/06/moderna-covid-vaccine-teens-050621 Accessed September 7, 2021

UMassMed News Early data from TeenCOVE study shows Moderna COVID-19 vaccine effective, safe for ages 12-17, https://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2021/05/early-data-from-teencove-study-shows-moderna-covid-19-vaccine-effective-safe-for-ages-12-17/ Accessed September 7, 2021

Philippine FDA studying use of Sinovac vaccine on kids, https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippine-fda-studying-use-sinovac-vaccine-kids Accessed September 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html Accessed September 7, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 2 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza