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Moderna Vaccine Trials Starting In The Valley For Children 6 And Under

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FILE - pharmacist fills a syringe from a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FILE)

Moderna coronavirus vaccine trials for very young children are about to get underway in the Rio Grande Valley. Researchers will be gathering data to determine if the vaccine can be given safely to children from 6 years to 6 months of age.

Vaccine trials are currently underway for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children 12 years and older have been approved for one coronavirus shot – the vaccine made by Pfizer.

Local health officials say unlike last summer when COVID-19 was ravaging the elderly population, this summer and fall the virus is spreading fastest among children and teenagers.

In the last week in Hidalgo County, close to 800 children under 12 contracted the coronavirus. The death rate among younger children remains low, although in the last month, three children have died of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County. Health officials say if you’re interested in enrolling your child in the Moderna vaccine trials, contact your family physician.

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