What’s it like to be part of an adolescent COVID-19 vaccine trial?

One question about the COVID-19 vaccines being distributed to adults remains: How well do they work for children and teens?

The FDA has greenlighted Pfizer’s vaccine for people age 16 and older, and Moderna’s version for those aged 18 and up. Now, trials are underway to test whether those vaccines are safe and effective for younger populations.

For more on the trials, MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Wes Sumner and his mother, health journalist Sheila Eldred. Wes and his sister Zoe are enrolled in Moderna’s adolescent vaccine trial, and Sheila wrote about their family’s experience recently for The New York Times.

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