DOT Desk: Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted on Thursday to support recommending the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in people ages 6 through 17 years old.
The vaccine received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week.
This recommendation reinforces the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as an important tool in the pandemic and provides another vaccine option for children and adolescents, said the CDC in a statement.
Previously, the Moderna vaccine was already recommended for use in children 6 months through 5 years old and adults 18 years and older.
“Today, we have expanded the options available to families by recommending a second safe and effective vaccine for children ages 6 through 17 years,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky after endorsing the advisors’ recommendation.