COVID-19 vaccine trial for children underway in Lake Nona; here’s how to sign up

ORLANDO, Fla. — A COVID-19 vaccine trial for children is now underway in Lake Nona.

It’s the only trial of its kind happening in Florida.

On Thursday, Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine started going into the arms of children at the Nona Pediatric Center in Orlando.

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The pediatrician and researcher in charge said she hope this will mean more children can get vaccinated sooner, but getting a spot is not easy.

“The volume of people on a waitlist right now is a lot,” she said.

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The trials are for children ages 12 to 17. More than 400 children are already signed up and more can still register.

Callie Cameron managed to get a spot for her three kids.

Her 13-year-old has severe asthma and other health issues so she says this trial could not have come at a better time.

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“Our doctor, their pediatrician is doing the trial,” Cameron said. “She sent us all an email and I was super excited whenever I saw it.”

The goal of the trial is to see what side effects children experience and to see if the efficacy rate is still up to 95% in children.

Some children will get the real vaccine and others will receive a placebo.

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To register for the trial, click here.

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Karen Parks

Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.