UK Health Regulator Approves Moderna Vaccine for 12-17 Year Olds

The Health Regulator in the United Kingdom (UK) has approved the Moderna vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds. 

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The UK's health regulator has approved a new vaccine made by United States (US) company Moderna for 12 to 17 year olds.

Many parents in the UK have been requesting this to be done so that children could go back to school.

The UK Government released a statement saying:

An extension to the current UK approval of the Spikevax vaccine (formerly COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna) that allows its use in 12- to 17-year-olds has today been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Dr June Raine, MHRA Chief Executive said, "The vaccine is safe and effective in this age group. We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all UK-approved COVID-19 vaccines and this surveillance will include the 12- to 17-year age group."

There were no new side effects identified and the safety data in children was comparable with that seen in young adults. As in young adults, the majority of adverse events were mild to moderate and relating to reactogenicity, such as a sore arm or tiredness.

Britain's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 16 and 17 year olds just two weeks ago. They are yet to make a decision on approving the Moderna vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds.

The Moderna vaccine is reported to be working by injecting a small part of the Covid-19 virus genetic code, which triggers an immune response and creates antibodies in the human body able to fight the virus.

The dosage for this specific vaccine requires two doses to be given. It’s also reported  that the second dose of the vaccine is recommend 28 days after the first.

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