Why can children under 18 years only receive the Pfizer vaccine, not the Moderna vaccine?

Vaccine

This question was answered live at the virtual conference titled, "Don’t Hesitate to Vaccinate! Our Experts Tell You Why" recorded on January 28, 2021.


Short Answer: 

Pfizer conducted their studies on patients aged 16 years old and up, but Moderna only did their studies on patients 18 years and up. 


Explanation: 

By law, only the Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized for patients 16 and up. You can't give Moderna to anyone under 18 right now.

Several companies have begun enrolling children as young as age 12 in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Studies including younger children will begin soon.


Presenters include:

Dr. Jamal Gwathney, Clinical Director, Metropolitan Correctional Center, San Diego Federal Bureau of Prisons; National Public Health Officer
Dr. Rodney Hood, President and Chairman, Multicultural Health Foundation, and Tri-Chair, COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee
Dr. Wilma Wooten, Public Health Officer and Director of Public Health Services, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency

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