CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A local healthcare group in Charlotte confirmed Thursday they are enrolling children in a new pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial.
StarMed says they are now enrolling kids between 6 months and 11 years old for the KidCOVE Moderna trial. The healthcare group says they are the only ones in N.C. participating in the trial.
The trial works just like it did for adults.
The children are given two shots 28 days apart, either the vaccine or a placebo.
They are then monitored for symptoms.
Hundreds of parents are already showing interest, with the hope of getting their children the same protection they are getting.
“If we want to go back to normal, if we want schools to open safely, if we want transmissions to stop, for teachers to be safe, for families to be safe at home, this is the way to do it,” StarMed Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arin Piramzadian said.
From covid testing, to vaccinations, this will be the first vaccine trial for StarMed.
“It’s exactly like the adult trial where there’s a placebo group, a vaccination group,” Dr. Piramzadian said. “The adult one came out with 95% efficacy. We expect this one to be even higher since children have much better immune responses.”
He says he understands safety concerns from parents, but says they do not have to be worried.
“We know that the vaccine is only in your system for an hour before it breaks down,” he said. “The only things that are long term are the antibodies and the t cells that it builds up to fight.”
Ana Messler is hopeful to get her 4 year old daughter Faith signed up.
“I think that some of us have to try this and go forward and be willing to help medicine with this because otherwise we’re not going to get an understanding of the vaccine and kids,” Messler said.
Working in healthcare herself, she has seen the toll covid-19 takes first hand.
“I think that the benefits outweigh the risks of not having the shot,” she said.
She hopes giving her daughter a chance to get the shot, gives her a greater chance of normalcy.
“She will be transitioning to Kindergarten and we just want to encourage that hey we’re all trying to protect ourselves here,” she said. “It’s for other kids and the community as well.”
Messler says she also checked with her pediatrician to get her perspective, and she encouraged her to sign her daughter up.
Dr. Piramzadian says they will take a look at the pool of interested patients and begin the enrollment process in the next few days.
To learn more about the trial, you can send an email to StarMed at:
The news comes one day after Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12.
In their vaccine study of 2,260 U.S. volunteers ages 12 to 15, preliminary data showed there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among those given dummy shots, Pfizer reported.
Anyone interested in participating in the KidCOVE Moderna trial with StarMed or learning more about it can call 1-800-785-3150 or email Participate@onsiteclinical.com.