First children vaccinated in Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial

Children ages 6 months to 11 years old participating in trial, company says

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, three vials of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine are pictured in a new coronavirus vaccination center at the 'Velodrom' (velodrome-stadium) in Berlin, Germany. Slow off the blocks in the race to immunize its citizens against COVID-19, Germany faces the problem of having a glut of vaccines and not enough arms to inject. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, FILE) (Michael Sohn, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The first children have received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of the pharmaceutical company’s pediatric clinical trial.

About 67,00 children in the U.S. and Canada between the ages of six months and 11 years old are participating.

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The children are getting two doses of the vaccine, spaced about 28 days apart.

As the trial continues, some children will be given a placebo.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for adults in December.