Moderna vaccine for children: EMA grants approval

In addition to the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved another corona vaccine for children and adolescents. The vaccine from Moderna may soon also be vaccinated on offspring.

The previous data and studies of children and young people on the Corona vaccine from Moderna were positively evaluated by the EMA. However, the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) continues to be skeptical about nationwide vaccination in this age group.

Moderna for children and young people

The corona vaccine is vaccinated as in adults. Two injections are required for complete vaccination protection, which should be administered four to six weeks apart.

In total, more than 3,700 children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 took part in an EMA study. The result: The Moderna vaccine shows just as high an effectiveness in teenagers as in adults (90 to 95 percent).

In the first studies with 2,500 young people from the USA, the effectiveness of the vaccine was 100 percent, and the manufacturer announced the results of the study in spring.

The vaccine is also well tolerated by younger people. Common side effects are:

  • Pain and swelling at the injection site
  • flu-like symptoms: headache and  body achesnauseafever
  • fatigue

The symptoms are usually mild and only last a few days. Serious side effects such as diseases of the heart muscle were not found. Due to the small sample size so far, however, no reliable statements can be made.

STIKO: Vaccination for children only in exceptional cases

Since June 7, children and young people from the age of twelve can also be   vaccinated against the corona virus . However, due to the lack of data, the STIKO does not currently make any general vaccination recommendations. So far, only children and adolescents with previous illnesses and from risk groups should be vaccinated. Whether vaccination is advisable should therefore be discussed with the responsible paediatrician.


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