Despite a lower efficacy, Moderna noted that no clinical trial participants experienced a severe case of COVID-19, and there were no serious adverse reactions to either vaccine. It’s believed that any approved vaccination will help a person fight off a case of COVID-19 more easily.
Data from the CDC shows that younger Americans have lower vaccination rates. For kids ages five to 11, there’s only a 29% full vaccination rate. For kids ages 12 to 17, that rate nears 60%.
At the time of reporting on Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health’s official vaccine appointment booking website had not been updated to allow appointments for children younger than 5 years old.
In a statement, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky said she encourages “…parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”
Barrett Brunsman, a spokesperson for Cincinnati Children’s, said the hospital will begin appointment-only vaccinations at its main site and its satellite campuses, including the campus in Liberty Twp.
“Cincinnati Children’s will add the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 6 months to 4 years old,” Brunsman said in an email. Cincinnati Children’s will not provide the Moderna vaccine for this age group.