Children as young as six months old are able to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials as drug companies are beginning to expand trials to test the safety and proper dosage for younger children.
While some parents are hesitant to sign their kids up for trials, one mother jumped at the chance.
Sister station WDSU had a roundtable discussion with three Louisiana moms who are all writers for the website New Orleans Mom. They, like other parents, have faced some tough decisions in the past year when it comes to their children. The latest is whether to get them COVID-19 vaccines.
"I am not. I feel like I would like to see some more studies on that," said Angelina Vicknair, a mother of a six and nine year old sons. "I personally haven't gotten the vaccine yet so for me I'd rather wait."
Seleigh Taylor, the mother of 4- and 9-year-old daughters and a school administrator, has been vaccinated.
"I chose not to have them participate in a trial," she said. "My older daughter was actually a little upset that I was vaccinated because she wasn't able to get vaccinated. A few days after my vaccination, she actually saw the news where they were talking about the trial and she was interested in it, which was a little surprising for me. She was like, 'Mom, look I have an opportunity I can be vaccinated."
Both mothers have their reservations. Vicknair said she see the trial research before she allows her children to be vaccinated, and Taylor said past experiences are impacting her decision.
"They've had some adverse reactions to their vaccinations before, so we kind of do an alternative vaccination schedule already. With that and their personal health I felt that we wait a little while because we usually take it slow when it comes to vaccinations," she said.
On the other hand, Pam Kocke's 13-year-old triplets have been participating in the Moderna two-dose vaccine trial being offered at a research clinic in Metaire, Louisiana. She said her sons were on board once they learned that could be compensated for their time and could be excused from school for being a part of the trial.
"I want them to have it as soon as they can. I want their lives to go back to normal, go back to playing soccer," Kocke said. "I want them to be apart of helping out society. Maybe its a little bit selfish because I know they will get the vaccine early no matter what happens in the trial.
One thing they all agree on is they want life to go back to a pre-pandemic way of life for their children.
Medpharmics in Metarie is beginning to enroll kids ages six months up to 12 years into the Moderna trial. Children in the study will be followed for 14 months as investigators measure the antibody response.