Can kids get the vaccine?

No, the vaccine is not currently approved for children in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine on December 11th for people aged 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine was authorized on December 18th for people ages 18 and older. 

It is common that clinical trials start in healthy adult populations first and then move to studying whether drugs or vaccines work for children and teens. Moderna has ongoing research to see if the vaccine is safe and effective for teens aged 12 to 17.

Children and teens sometimes have different responses to vaccines, or need different doses. So it’s an important safety step to test the vaccine in younger people to make sure it’s safe and effective for them too.

Last update: December 20, 202, 8:06 pm ET

Science review: JAB